An easy explanation of the absolute best way to study and retain information at a college level. Learn all of the tips and tricks that keep me an A student.
A Little About Me
In case y’all didn’t know, my name is Mo and I’m in college. As of spring 2020, I am a junior Psychology and Criminal Justice major with a 3.96 GPA who is set to graduate early! That’s pretty good if I do say so myself. In high school I took multiple AP and Dual Enrollment courses, kept a 4.5 GPA and thought of myself as a pretty good student, but oh boy. College is a whole different ball park, even from AP or DE classes. I am a student as well as a tutor, so I know all of the tricks. Here are all of the study tips that I had to learn in college, so you don’t have it figure it out yourself!
The Best Way To Study
My absolute #1 way to study is by doing outlines! If I have a class that follows the textbook, I will outline every chapter before a test. This helps me review the information that the professor went over in class, as well as pick up new information they may not have mentioned. In case you don’t know- here is how you outline:
I personally like to add tons of color to my outlines! I highlight any new vocabulary and switch up colors for each section. That makes it easier on my eyes and more fun to create. Adding charts, small pictures, and diagrams breaks up the monotonous look of each page while giving you extra examples to boost understanding of material. Write down everything you think could possibly be valuable information. I set a goal of adding at least two bullets of information from each paragraph of my textbook. It’s a lot of writing, but I promise it helps.
Always try to hand-write your outlines. As much as you don’t want to hear it, information is better retained when it’s hand written. Slowing down and focusing on the information being written is a must for college level classes. One single subject spiral notebook for each class is perfect for dedicating just to outlines. Creating outlines is a lot of work and it does take a lot of time. In the end, all of the time spent creating the outline you’re actually studying the material too.
The Next Step
After creating an outline, make a Quizlet! Quizlet is a fantastic resource for any academic, especially college students. Quizlet is an online program where users create flashcard sets for whatever topic they desire. You can organized into folders or classes to keep everything neat. I personally learn material not only from creating my outline, but again when creating a Quizlet. After making a Quizlet, I use the “Learn” feature to really drill material until I am confident with my knowledge. One of my favorite things about Quizlet is the mobile app, I tend to review my flashcards while standing in line at Starbucks–time is value! (Believe it or not, Quizlet does not sponsor this post! I just really love the program!) I utilize for Quizlet for nearly every class in some way shape or form. The program is user-friendly and very valuable to anyone with something to learn.
Everyone learns differently. These steps are what I use as a student and a tutor to engage with information and thoroughly learn material before exams. From my experience, this is the best way to study in college
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