College Study Skills: The Essentials
1) Recognize your responsibility to study and prepare for classes. Nobody is going to complete your papers, homework and tests for you. If you don’t put in the time nothing will get done.
2) Spend time every night to go over the notes you took that day.
3) Prioritize/Manage your time. Use a daily planner to help you plot out tests, quizzes, term papers and other assignments. Continually look the planner over.
4) Read, Read, Read! Read all assigned textbook chapters.
5) Read some more! Read novels, short stories and other sources (newspapers, magazines, etc). Reading a variety of material will make you a stronger reader, something that will help you better understand the reading you do for school. Reading can also be a good source of entertainment.
6) Study in as quiet and well lit place as you can find.
7) If you need help, ask you’re a parent, teacher or tutor for assistance. There is no shame in asking for help, because we ALL need it at some point.
8) Develop your own test questions to study from. Creating your own tests and quizzes to study from is an effective way to prepare for the real thing. For additional benefits of this approach, ask your teacher to look over the sample test you made in order to get feedback.
9) Find time to relax each day! All the studying in the world won’t help if you’re exhausted. Take time to read a book, watch one of your favorite TV shows or spend time with family and friends each day. Just remember to get back to the books after taking a break, because you are still responsible for completing the work and understanding the material.