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What college study skills did you use to study?

I'm doing software engineering, and I’m finding it really hard. Trying to study, I have to go through these long sections attempting to understand them. I’d need to reread a line almost 5 times to get it, but my mind just wanders away. I try hard to concentrate yet I find myself doing it anyway, over and over again. Right now, my grades aren’t that great, and I have this feeling that I am going to fail the year, which is very shameful. I just want to sit down and study, try to save my GPA. Anyone here with effective study tips? For those who graduated, which study habits of students helped you through it all?

Timothy Norman

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Zach Chandler on January 29, 2018

I got to college having practically zero study habits since I'm one of those individuals who cruised through public school testing without a hitch and no effort on my part. But college is nothing like that. Especially if you are doing business or science course like yours and want to be effective in those careers, you need to study. Not just for the sake of exams but your career. You have to instill this stuff into your mind, so it goes on for quite a long time, not simply to breeze through the following test and forget about it. To succeed, I had to borrow some students’ study habits and personalized them.

I graduated and my last semester was horrible, particularly the last month. It was especially tough because somehow, I had just gotten tired of studying and reading. But since it was my last year, failing it was out of the question so I needed to get some college studying skills. I know exactly how you feel right now. Here are some of the effective studying tips that actually worked for me.

Pick a quiet place to study each day. Mine was in the library. I had like 2-3 hours after every one of my classes to go and study, especially in the evenings. Most people say to take away games/phone yet they actually helped me since I made breaks in between. After every few pages of intense studying, I would take 5-10 minutes to relax. Also, make sure to use the same spot to study every time, it makes it feel like a habit, rather than forced studying.

Do not cram. Study all that you have to in short normal interims. Make sure you understand what you have learned and can apply it. Even if you learn just a quarter of the work, as long as you have understood it well, that is a step forward.

Try and complete as many tests as you can. Go on the web, find other related books and simply work it out on your own with your notes and tasks. Complete the tests alone, without referring to books as you normally would in an exam. Take as much time as necessary as well. This was the most important for me. If you hurry through it, you won't pick up anything. For those that I could not handle, I referred to my notes later on. This will help you recall for the next time you try another problem.

I also believed in the power of using handwritten notes and flashcards. I used to handwrite my notes, and afterward supplement them with blueprints of the parts. I found out that writing helped me drill the content into my brain, and helped with repetition.

Kyle Mckinneya year ago

I also took an engineering course, and actually, such courses require you to study hard. The tips provided above also worked for me. Perhaps the most effective study tips that worked for me included,

  • Studying at the library
  • Forming a habit to study at a set schedule
  • Using flash cards - all handwritten
  • Practicing with test questions
  •  Split points up into little parts
  • Make a lot of acronyms on the off chance that you need to remember something
  • Do not procrastinate, this is truly hard, yet you must be propelled to damnation
  • Make and utilize cheat sheets if you find that makes a difference. On the other hand, utilize a companion and have them test you/test them
  • Teach it to somebody, or something (see elastic ducks in programming) as this will drive you to comprehend it to show it adequately
  • Take breaks, yet not very many breaks


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