Study Tip Archive - July 2009
"If you are trying to reach a goal you have to do that first. Then do other things."
"Read all the time."
"I always set a target for myself for the next day. I write it down on the piece of paper.
For example: The first three assignments must be done by the end of tomorrow. I always write down what I want to achieve in the future... and I always get it done right!"
Student, BA Degree
"I study at midnight because my mind has relaxed then. I eat healthy foods every day and get plenty of sleep."
Nelspruit, South Africa
"I watch my professors carefully for clues about what's most important. Some start moving around a lot, some raise their voice, and some start moving their hands about. When this happens, I write down what they're saying."
Student, College soph
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
"I'm a firm believer in there's a place for everything and everything in its place. I'm not OCD, but I am super organized. I don't want to waste study time looking for the materials I need. I use shelves and drawers, and keep things that go together next to each other. For example, I have several history resource books of my own plus my text and they are next to each other on a shelf. Doing this has worked for me through high school and now in college."
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
"Studying regularly is the most important way to get good marks in examination.
"It's important to attend each and every lecture so as to have a visual memory of the topics. This way when you study them again, the topics will be in your mind"
"Say the words you are studying out loud so that you may hear them as you read them. Repeat this as many times as possible. Never cram. Always review what you have learned during the day. Also, when you learn something, share it with others. As I believe,"Men learn while they teach.""
Student, 1st year BSA
Davao City, Philippines
""When I study, I first prepare all the things that I'll be needing for reviewing. I buy some healthy food, because when I am studying, my mind works faster when I'm eating food.""
Student, 1st year
Quezon City, Philippines
"Evaluate yourself as to what time of the day you are most alert. Are you a morning person, an afternoon person, or a night person? For me, I am a night person, so I place my full effort in studying at night. As for my less productive times of the day, I utilize that time for scanning and skimming key terms I write in an outline key term notebook (which I made up to help me study), underline important key terms, and make an outline. The best way to study is to be neat and organized and avoid cramming. Use 3 set of colors for highlighting, e.g., red for a word being defined, blue for important key terms in the definition, and yellow for the topic being enumerated. Get enough sleep (7 hours will do). And don't go overboard with coffee."
Student, 3rd year college
Iloilo City, Philippines
"To create a good Study Environment: Find a place to study and keep it for study only. Tool-up the environment with all study needs. Control the noise level and the visual environment at acceptable levels. Avoid relaxing while working; create a work atmosphere."
"I usually study anywhere in my home. Before studying any subject, think of questions related to the topic. Think about why the topic is important, why we are studying it, and what are its general applications."
"When I study, I turn off things that might distract me such as my cell phone and computer. I usually listen to classical music."
"If you want to be at the top in any class, you must attend each class and listen to everything carefully. Do this even if the the teacher's statement seems boring and useless to you."
Student, A grade
"I go over my textbooks at the start of the semester. I look at the table of contents and then I see the subjects listed in the index. I skim through the book to see if there are things that can help like definitions and things to think about. I also look at the end of chapters to see if there are questions. Doing all this gives me a good idea of what to expect in the class and I feel ready to go."
Student, Grade 10
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Here is how I study for a standardized exam that has several sections. I study the first section for one hour and then take a short break. During the break I can talk to my friends or watch a TV program I like. Then I study the second section for one hour and then take a short break. I do this for as many sections as there are (this is how I am studying for the CBSE board exams). Have confidence when you study and don't get tense. I like to study in the morning because my mind is fresher and more open then.
"I compare my class notes with my friends' notes sometime after class. We all can fill in anything we missed in class and make our notes much better. Don't get lazy though and depend on your friends. Take good notes yourself. Also get notes from your friends when you miss class."
William (Bill) Andino
Student, Secondary 11
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
"Get a copy of the syllabus of the subject that you are studying. It states everything you need to know, and is also a guide to what is going to come in the examinations. Stick to your syllabus! Visit the library and the Internet and obtain notes on the topics listed in the syllabus. Study these notes and you are guaranteed to pass!"
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago