Effective Study Habits

Studying is a skill that is comprised of several factors:

  • Time Management
  • Self-Discipline
  • Concentration
  • Memorization
  • Organization
  • Effort

Know Your Learning Preferences

Visual Learners

  • Visualize what you are studying.
  • Use color in your notes.
  • Draw pictures and diagrams.
  • Use mind maps in your notes.
  • Learn from videos.

Auditory Learners

  • Listen to recorded assignments.
  • Read out loud.
  • Discuss course concepts with classmates.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Listen to recorded subject material.

Hands-on Learners

  • Stand up and move around while studying.
  • Take frequent study breaks.
  • Write things down while studying.
  • Use the computer to reinforce learning.
  • Be physically active and experiment with objects.
  • Memorize or drill while walking or exercising.

When to Study

If you study when you are most awake and alert, you will be better able to absorb new information. Keep note cards handy for moments when you have extra time for even more study opportunities.

Preview the Chapter – Look at the headings, subheadings, topic sentences, bold and italicized words, pictures, diagrams, graphs, summaries, and review questions.

Divide and Conquer – Divide the chapter into more manageable chunks.
Ask Questions – After each section, ask yourself if you understood what it was about.
No Skipping – Read all sidelines, captions, definitions, etc.
Mark Text – Use highlighters or different colors for important parts of the text.
Outline the Chapter – Create a chapter outline once you finish reading.
Practice – Complete any practice tests included in the text.

Reviewing Materials

Remember, repeated exposure to course materials will store the information in your long-term memory so you do not have to cram before a test.

Daily – Review notes before and after class to reinforce learning.
Weekly – Go over notes at the end of the week to refresh your memory.
Pre-exam – Study for 3 to 5 hours with ten minute breaks every hour.