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Which study methods work best for college students?

In high school, I managed to develop effective study techniques that really helped me maintain good grades but I am not sure whether these study methods will work in college. This is because in college, the courses are quite complex and there is a lot of materials to read and study. Are study habits of students in college different? If so, what are some of the best methods of studying in college?

Samantha Stevenson

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Jodi Brooks on January 19, 2018

You are right. Sometimes the study method you used in high school might not be as effective when you go to college. In fact, a lot of students experience challenges when they go to college because they try to use the same techniques they used in high school to study. There are a number of effective studying techniques that can help you get the most out of your learning sessions. These include:

Alternate your study spaces: A common misconception among students is that the library is the best place to study. It might be at times but not all the time. If you want all your study session to be effective, you need to alternate your study space. Research has shown that you are more likely to remember and grasp more concepts when you are constantly changing your learning environment as opposed to reading in the same place all the time.

Study Groups: Studying on your own might be an effective strategy in high school because most of the material is easy to grasp on your own. However, this is not the same in college. In college, you will find that some courses are more difficult than others. For such courses, you will benefit more from learning from your peers. The best way to do this is to join a study group where you can help each other understand the different concepts.

Flash Cards: Using flashcards is probably one of the most effective studying methods especially when you are preparing for an examination. This is because flashcards enable you to focus on the important parts of your material and make it easy for you to memorize concepts even while you are on the go. However, in order to get the most out of this method, you need to make your flashcards very comprehensive and easy to read and understand.

Attend all your classes: One of the differences between college and high school is that there is a lot of freedom in college. Students choose whether or not to attend their classes because there is no one to follow up and ensure they do. This can really affect your performance in school. If you want to perform well, you need to make a habit of attending all your classes. While in class, pay attention to what the lecturer is saying and take notes for better understanding.

If you develop these students’ study habits, you shouldn’t have any problem performing very well in college.

Eric Batesa year ago

I disagree. I believe everyone has different study techniques that work for them. Therefore, you cannot assume that just because you are going to college, the study methods you used will not work. Yes. College material is more complex and requires more time to study. However, all you need to do to make your study techniques suitable for college is to structure them in a way that fits college. For example, if you were used to burning the midnight oil in high school, you might benefit more from reducing the amount of time you spend on reading at night because you need enough sleep in college since there are a lot of classes you need to attend. Therefore, in my opinion, it is possible to use your high school study techniques in college to maintain good grades. However, you might need to test these methods to see which ones work and which ones do not.


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