It is possible for all students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Those who are not successfull often do not lack the intellectual ability but lack well developed study skills. To help you develop and refine your study skills the following hints are presented. Remember, in college the final responsible for your success lies with you. The instructor will provide you with the necessary information but it is your job to learn and understand it.
In the following paragraphs you will find many different ideas and strategies for developing effective study skills. There are potentially as many different strategies used by successful students to study effectively as there are successful students. Each student must find what strategies work best for them. The information contained here is not intended to be an all inclusive list of study strategies nor is it meant to serve as a recipe for the best way to study. Instead, use this page as a source of ideas for effective studying and try different techniques. Each person must find what combination works best for them. If you need further assistance there are resources that may be of help to you including your instructor, counselors, and various study skills books (several are referenced at the end of this page).
The following list of hints is divided into four sections:
I. State of Mind - you have to make a concious effort to study effectively - it takes a lot of effort and motivation.
II. Time Management - there is no fast and easy way to study, studying takes a lot of time.Read More..
III. Study Skills - Note that three components are common to all effective study strategies:
(1) Repetition (repeating the information in your own words / images),
(2) Effort (making a conscious effort to understand and remember the information being studied),
(3) Time (there is no quick and easy way to learn, it takes work, time, and motivation!). Read More..
IV. Test Taking Tips - taking tests effectively so you can demonstrate what you know is a skill (just like studying). Read More..
Remember that you are here because you want to learn, nobody is forcing you to go to college. Many students think of their classes as obstacles that they have to get past. Don't create barriers to learning by thinking of your class work as an obstacle. Make an effort to remind yourself that you want to understand the material being presented! It is all part of a process preparing you to be the professional that you want to be (otherwise why are you here). Even in required courses that do not seem to apply to your goals their is valuable information. Look for the positive - the more you learn the more you will understand the world around you and the more self reliant you will be.