Okay, so maybe college isn’t as crazy as Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide’s middle school experience but it definitely can feel that way. Can I get a quick show of hands who’s excited for reading week? And who’s ready for midterms when we get back? Yeah, less hands. Don’t worry! I’m here to lay out the best study guide! And I know what you’re thinking “Trust me I’ve done 14 + years of school, I know how study”. Trust me, you don’t. I bet you’re studying the same way you have been since middle school. If that works for you, great. But for the vast majority of us, that crap isn’t cutting it anymore! We are adult and need more than one study method. So if you have ever thought about different ways you can study, or if you’re like the rest of society and have never thought about it but some how ended up on this page, sit back, relax, and read the blog. Let me save your gpa!
Go Figure Yourself
By the time you make it to college you probably have some sort of an idea of what type of leaner you are whether the be a visual learner, hands on leaner, or a mix! This can dramatically change how you need to study! So depending on the type of learner you are I can send a couple tips and tricks your way! Give this quiz a try and come back!
or watch this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfHMoNb5egY
I”ll give you my three best tips of each learning style!
Highlights and color coordinated tabs will be your best friend! You’ll have better luck trying to remember your notes when they are associated with colors (Roell, 2018).
Make charts and diagrams
If you learn better visually it will help you learn by having things physically drawn out in front of you. Start with a central idea and branch out with the supporting or secondary ideas. This will leave in image in your mind making it easier for you to remember smaller details (Gurus, 2015).
Make yourself outlines!
It may seem middle school to have all your essays and term papers broken down into outlines but as a visual learner you will greatly benefit from have your ideas expelled into an outline to track your thoughts (Singer, 2015).
Sometimes note taking seriously does not cut it! You need to sit down and listen to the lecture time after time in order for it to make sense. Ask your professor if it is okay for you to put your phone’s voice recorder on and leave it at the front of the duration of the class.
The More the Merrier:
Join a study group! The action of speaking through answers and explaining thoughts and theories to other will help better implant that knowledge into your brain!
Talk, Talk, Talk!
Even if you can’t find a study group talk out answers with anyone around you or even record yourself and listen to it back and figure out that was right and wrong about your answer. Literally read your notes out loud to yourself, the read the textbook out loud, just read it all aloud (Team, 2014).
Take a break!
When you’re a hands on learner sometimes it’s tough to sit and study for hours on end! Don’t forget that it is okay to take a break and take a breather! It will help your mind focus better if you take small breaks every so often to get up and get your blood flowing. So get out of your chair and take a lap.
Make Studying an Activity
Make flashcards, or memory flip cards! This is a very hands on approach to studying and it is likely that through the action of writing on the card and flipping the cards will better help your mind soak in all of that valuable information!
You will find that you concentrate better when your hands are busy. You can stay busy by typing notes or making sure you are highlighting key points!
Alright, now that we finished that let’s see a show of hands to see who already knew all of that and those neat tricks! Yeah, not as many of you. See, i’m glad I brought up learning styles and different techniques for each such as visual, auditory, and the more hands on approach, kinesthetic. When you all pass your midterms be sure to thank me specially for the raising of your GPA! I accept and expect gifts with a high cash value! Send me your school troubles for next weeks blog!
Like always, thanks for tuning it and I’ll be back next week to help you survive the mess that college! Have a safe week and make good choices!
Roell, K. (2018, January 14). 6 Study Tips for Visual Learners. Retrieved February 23, 2018, from https://www.thoughtco.com/study-tips-for-visual-learners-4048480
Gurus, T. S. (2015, December 27). Study Advice for Visual Learners. Retrieved February 23, 2018, from https://www.thestudygurus.com/visual-study-tips/
Singer, L., & B. (2015, July 27). Study Tips for Learning Styles: Visual Learners. Retrieved February 23, 2018, from https://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-study-tips-for-visual-learners/
Team, L. S. (2014, November 19). 5 Study Tips for Auditory Learners. Retrieved February 23, 2018, from https://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-study-tips-for-auditory-learners/