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What are some of the most effective study skills to use at college?

For some reasons, I find it very difficult to focus on my work. Furthermore, I tend to do things at the last minute. I keep telling myself not to do it, but I just can’t stop it. It may seem like laziness, but it’s not. I genuinely can't do scholarly work. It's not like I waste my time doing unprofitable stuff like partying all day long. I sit down for hours trying to study, but to no avail. I don’t have much time left, with only 2 months left of the year. What are some of the effective study skills that can help me? Should I just take a study skills course or find myself a study helper?

Dana Keller

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Donald Ward on January 30, 2018

I was in almost the same situation when I began school. Previously, I effectively skated through school with a practically humiliating absence of effort. When I got to college, the problem wasn’t that the content was difficult. It was too much to retain. What did it for me was the frosty hard realization that if I didn't get my crap together, I'd be a loser.

I had to learn the necessary skills to study effectively. The primary thing I learned was that when the volume of content, rather than the content itself was the issue, time management was vital. Not just to find time to study, but making the most out of that time. I had to set aside at least 2 hours daily to go through my notes.

First things first, learn what the content entails, then approach it with the required level of concentration. Not many people can study well in an environment full of distractions, which is most common during the day. For me, I would hold up until night, when my family was sleeping, and there was no commotion. This way, my mind had sufficient energy to decompress, and my body would be relaxed from the daytime exercises. I would focus on two or three subjects then sleep on it. The brain then gets time to process the information while sleeping. Your mind resembles a muscle, and it can just retain such a great amount before it's depleted and overworked.

There is a day by day limit to what can be pushed into your mind, period. Your mind needs time to rest and ponder about what you’ve read. Do not skip your studying schedule, so your brain doesn’t have to deal with double information the next time you want to study.

A few subjects work well with repetition, but others don’t. Subjects like math, languages, and things to do with steps and processes work well with repetitions, but others require reading and understanding. You could use the colorful note cards to categorize your content. Also, finding a good companion to study with is a brilliant idea. Since we went to the same college, my next door neighbor was my studyhelper. We would challenge and test each other to see what we had grasped.

This worked for me. However, if you feel compelled, it’s not a bad idea to browse through a study skill course and see what study skills strategies best work for you.

Leigh Manna year ago

I agree with the effective study skills above, especially the use of colored cards to categorize content. This truly sticks it in your memory and additionally helps locate a specific arrangement of notes faster. This is decent advice. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing. I see myself as
entirely great at studying, yet I sense that I can truly apply some of this stuff to what I as of now do. I do study at the library, but still, I get myself occupied with things going around me. I will try the night-study routine too.

I would definitely find a study mate. I think by challenging each other we strive to learn more than what we know. Also, it will help us discover what parts or topics we do not truly understand and then go over them again. I hope my grades are going to shoot up with this advice.


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