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Study Tips from College Students

Three college students share study tips they've learned since getting on campus.

We asked Mary Spiegel, a certified college planner and owner of Spiegel College Planning, for the best tips college students can offer to secondary school students. Spiegel contacted some of her former students, who shared three successful strategies they’ve learned over the years. 

  • “One of my most important study habits in college has been to study with someone, or in a small group. It is easier to prepare for a major exam or even do a tricky homework assignment when I collaborate with others, because we feed off one another’s' knowledge and help quiz each other. It can be daunting to tackle an overwhelming amount of subject matter on my own, as I used to do in high school.” – David, sophomore, Pennsylvania State University
  • “Try to read or skim textbook chapters in advance of the lectures, so that the first time the professor is covering a new topic, you are already familiar with it and can anticipate your questions.” – Kate, junior, Georgetown University 
  • “Finding your own personal study space is very important. For me, being in my room was too distracting, so I moved to the library. Deciding to take time to study and make plans to go to the library helped me with time management and organization as well.” – Meredith, senior, High Point University

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Holly James February 27, 2013 at 07:39 PM
These are some awesome tips! I'm in my second semester of college in Calgary and I would say that finding people to study with is really important. I've found that the classes I share with friends I do better in because I have people I care about checking up on me constantly. Make friends! http://www.abes.ca/
Michaela I. Fissel February 28, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Holly - couldn't agree more! I am currently completing my Masters thesis, and after seven years with 3.6 or higher, I can say without a doubt that the peer-support aspect of college provided by positive relationships is irreplaceable. Also, I found that for courses that were strictly information based (such as a biology or psychology lecture), that the strategy I used to maintain my GPA was: - taking comprehensive notes in class, - reviewing the assigned chapters for 20 minutes a day, - spending time at least a week in advance of an exam making flashcards of significant information highlighted in both my notes and the chapter, and - finding a compatible study partner who makes flashcards too.
Jen Hopkins May 04, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Another great tip if you can't get into the class you want is to use http://www.Alertification.com where you'll get free alerts for classes when they become open.

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