Studying Tips

Developing strong study skills leads to academic success. Outlined below are a few tips that can help you to be a more effective student. Studying is a highly-personalized process with many factors involved, including: class attendance, taking good lecture notes, learning to read other sources effectively, and developing test-taking skills. Developing better study skills will enhance your college experience!

Studying tips include:

Creating a good environment for study

  • Use your study area for studying only.
  • Have all materials within easy reach.
  • Limit distractions (background noise, pictures, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Study at the same time and at the same location whenever possible.
  • Study when you are most alert and able to concentrate.
  • Use the course syllabus or text to plan your study time.


Develop basic skills in acquiring information

  • Develop a method for effective textbook reading.
  • Outline major concepts and facts.
  • Develop a method for good classroom note-taking.
  • Reread your class notes at the end of each day, and go back to previous days' notes if necessary. Condense the notes into a more concise version.
  • Many people learn best by DOING. Work sample problems, discuss the lecture content with a classmate, or two; then summarize aloud what you think the author was trying to convey in each chapter.


Prepare for an exam

  • Review all your class notes for the material to be covered on exams.
  • Condense notes into an outline.
  • Make sure you can explain each step of the outline.
  • Review your text notes and outlines.
  • Find out what the professor expects you to know, and organize your review accordingly.
  • Don't begin reviewing the night before the test. Start well in advance. Review in segments. Save the overall review for the night before, and be sure to sleep!
  • Learn good test-taking skills.