Study Tips

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Whether you know how to study, or are struggling with finding your own personal study habits, this comprehensive list will help get you moving towards healthy study habits.

  • Make use of this handy tip sheet "Surviving Finals 101" to help you start (or get) prepared for finals week!
  • Whenever possible, study in a location other than the residence halls.
    •  It is often too tempting to take a nap, watch TV, and get distracted online or with others in the residence hall when trying to study.
       
  • Utilize an interactive note taking strategy (e.g. Cornell Note taking)!  The goal is to understand and retain the information—not simply regurgitate information.
     
  • Highlight key topics and concepts while reading your textbooks.  It is ok to highlight important key topics with a yellow highlighter and make notes in pencil in your textbooks.  Do NOT highlight all the words on the page; focus on key topics and key concepts.
     
  • Try to study without looking at your cell phone for at least 30 minutes.
    • It is amazing how much more can be accomplished when people are not stopping a task to retrieve and respond to a message.
       
  • Cramming is not effective.   For the best results: study notes before/after class.
     
  • Study in the library whenever possible.
    • Students can EAT AND DRINK in the library (with the exception of the computer stations).
    • The 3rd floor is the quiet floor—there are even individual and group study rooms there!
    • Try picking up lunch at the Crossing and then eating the food while studying at the library.
       
  • Walking back to the residence halls to study adds time to the day and often leads to students getting a little distracted (i.e. peers swing by to ask the student to participate in another activity).
     
  • Get a tutor early if/when the course is going to be extremely difficult.  Many students qualify for free tutoring. Students who are not eligible for free tutoring only pay $1.50/hour
     
  • Make a point to see your professors and instructors in their office hours at least one time every semester.  Check the syllabus for the professor’s office hours and office location.
     
  • Students can simply stop by to introduce him/herself, ask a question about the professor’s interests (e.g. “what drew you to the criminal justice field”), or ask a question about a class topic.
     
  • Utilize campus resources! Many resources are FREE!
     
  • Create a master calendar the beginning of the semester. First Year Experience staff members can assist students with this.
     
  • All assignment due dates, exam dates, and final paper dates should be written into the planner.
     
  • Attend Student Academic Success seminars (First Year Experience will e-mail all students a schedule).
     
  • Study at least 2–3 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class.  So, students should likely study 30–45 hours/week.
     
  • Utilize PALs (Peer Assisted Learners) when applicable.

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