Study Strategies I Wish I Knew Earlier

Top 25 Study Tips
  1. Eat well and exercise.
  2. Join a study group full of people who care about the subject.
  3. Meet with professors.
  4. Set a timer to space your study blocks into nice increments.
  5. Reward yourself.
  6. Study in an appropriate environment that works for you, and change it up!
  7. Know your distractions. Mine is the “ding” of my phone when I get a message. I put my phone on airplane mode when I’m trying to study.
  8. Make reasonable study schedules ahead of time.
  9. Get enough sleep.
  10. Ask questions – to yourself and others.
  11. Test yourself frequently. I like using online practice exams.
  12. Study when you are most alert.
  13. Take good notes in class.
  14. Do not memorize words and ideas – understand them.
  15. Rewrite notes in your own words.
  16. Do a little bit each day.
  17. Make charts, diagrams, flows, and mind webs.
  18. Write neatly!
  19. On rush days, cut out things that are unimportant and not urgent.
  20. Take advantage of notecards, planners, whiteboards. etc.
  21. Spend time on what you DON’T know, instead of what you know.
  22. If music works for you, listen to some.
  23. Relax.
  24. Envision yourself doing well on exams.
  25. Have fun learning and know that you are improving LOTS every day.

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11 thoughts on “Study Strategies I Wish I Knew Earlier

  1. Thanks for this post. After my last final exam I had the worst emotional breakdown because I panicked about my final grade in Chemistry and failing the class. I went to sleep in the worst mood possible–frightened, ashamed and regretful. But now that I’m done with the quarter and realized that I did the best I could, there’s really nothing I can worry about.
    But on a lighter note, creating my own questions, looking back at old practice tests and redoing certain problems as well as taking efficient notes and writing frequently never fails to help! Working with groups is also really fun! And I totally agree that we’re improving every day!

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  2. I’m guessing you, like my daughter, are in the midst of preparing for this semester’s final exams! (Looking at your list of subjects, you also seem to be in the same field) Good luck with them!

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      1. She is studying for a BS in biochemistry (with a minor in math, she is so brave) at Rhode Island College. She is a junior, so it’s her third year.

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      2. Wow! She is very brave. I am super excited for my third year (next year). Time flies SO quickly – I feel like I just left high school, when in reality, it’s been two years. Where is the time going?!

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