(Closed) Best study tips?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

My Dad always told me, “Write it once, learn it twice.”  So I use/d that technique.  Obviously I would take notes in class but when it came time to study for exams I would create a new “study guide”.   I would write down key points from the powerpoint lecture notes, my notes, and the book.  Or make flash cards.  Either way, I would summarize the material by writing it down.

 P.S. Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

@galloway111: I used to go through my notebook, then whenever I felt unsure about a section I would read it while writing it-to have a visual, an audio and a kinesthetic experience all at the same time, to try my utmost to have it sink in.  Also, try to connect well-known with the newer information.  Good luck!! πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Best thing I could do when I needed to really buckle down and get work done is to get out of the house and go somewhere where I didn’t have access to the Internet (eg library, coffee shop).

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Just thought of another thing.  Not sure what you’re studying, but when I was trying to remember things for bio or chem I would make up acronyms.  You know, like the My Very Eager Mother Just Baked Us Nine Pies helps you remember the planets?  I would memorize what the letters stood for and then when I got to the test I would write out MVEMJBUNP on the side somewhere and fill in what those letters stood for.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I would write out flashcards or a separate outline in my own words.  Putting it in my own words forced me to think about it and learn it, and I always found I retained information better if I wrote it a few times.  Good luck!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I used to make my own study sheets too. After I felt I had a good sense of everything, I would go through everything and make a new sheet of the stuff I was having trouble to remember.  Don’t waste time on reviewing the stuff that you already know.  Also, recalling information is MUCH easier if you actually understand the content. Happy studying!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@galloway111: Haha, well I graduated in 2003 so maybe everything is online now. But I had textbooks and printed out articles and papers to write, etc.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I studied different ways for different subjects.

For bio/chem I would write flash cards with all the info of a subject per card and carry them with me. I would read them aloud anytime I was standing in line, in traffic, etc. I also used acronyms like a pp mentioned… I have 1 that still almost 7 years later I haven’t forget =)

For History I used recitation… basically reading through my notes like I was explaining it to someone else. Sometimes I’d read straight through until I could read it in my own words it without looking and then change it up… frontwards/backwards etc.

Both were pretty effective!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I also was a big fan of making study sheets. I would rewrite all the important information or if the professor told us what would be on the test I would just focus on that. Another trick was I would read over the sheets right before I went to bed. I was always told you remember anything you read right before bed the best. Those two tricks seemed to work very well for me when I was in college.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m a flashcard maker, all the way. it’s time consuming, but has always worked well for me.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

hand writing or typing notes from the book really worked for me.

i just passed the CPA exam on my 1st try (all 4 parts)!!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Basically get the information as many different ways as possible. Writing, typing, reading, have someone ask you questions from your notes. Good notes are the most important part. USE HIGHLIGHTER. Even if you have a study guide from the Prof, just break every idea down in highlighter. Your mind will have an easier time sectioning things off. Its like taking little bites instead of eating the whole slice of cake in one bite. Your mind will also wander about less.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I bought a pair of shooting ear muffs at a sporting good store.  Can’t hear ANYTHING if I’m wearing them, I’m very noise sensitive when studying so those were essential.

I think the most important thing is learning what specific studying techniques work for you.  I’ve never been a flash card person, but outlining chapters helped me really focus and learn things.  It also worked for the particular subjects I was studying, which was lots of theory and process as opposed to memorizing specific facts. 

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