How to Study

Many of your study strategies–habits you have developed on and relied on over time–work great! Still, many students find when they start college or move into more challenging course material that some of those habits might need to be tweaked. It’s always useful to reflect on what study habits have been successful and what you might change – studying for college can be very different than studying in high school; you will be expected to not just memorize things, but to apply and evaluate information.

Below are some strategies that you can explore and try out! See what works for you!

Learning Online

Taking Notes

Reading Strategies

Studying for and Taking Exams

  • Exam Study Strategies: Concept Mapping – How to make a concept map. These are good for studying for exams.
  • Exam Study Strategies: Guidelines for Creating a Study Schedule – Suggestions for making your study more efficient.
  • Exam Study Strategies: The Five Day Study Plan – A way to plan when and how to study for exams.
  • Exam Taking Strategies: How to Tackle Exam Questions – Strategies for different types of exam questions (e.g. multiple-choice, essay, etc…) and decoding exam questions.
  • Preparing for Online Exams: Online Exam Checklist – Online exams present a unique set of logistical challenges, whether you are home or on-campus. Be prepared! Gather as much intel as possible about the testing format before the exam.

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