Practice effective note taking
Note taking is more than just jotting down what the professor says. It’s about understanding and distilling the information. You might like to use techniques like the Cornell method or mind mapping to structure your notes, making them easier to review later.
The point is that making an effort to really understand why and how to take notes in class allows you to make better use of an activity we often do out of habit, and ineffectively. Learn more about how to take good notes in college in this post.
Take care of your wellbeing
Yes, this is a study tip – remember, your brain is part of your body. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, time spent in nature, connecting with friends, doing something for fun and not for productivity reasons – all of these can significantly improve your cognitive function and ability to concentrate, as well as improving your overall quality of life.
Seek help when needed
Universities offer numerous resources, from tutoring centers to study groups. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Sometimes, a different perspective can make all the difference.
A study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that academic stress was a significant factor in students who did not complete their degrees, but there is so much you can do to give yourself the best possible chance at success, and seeking help is one of them.
Another research paper from the University of Houston highlighted that academic stress is often a result of underdeveloped study skills, but, the great news is that the researchers found that students with effective learning strategies and skills, such as note -taking and time management, experience less academic stress and are more likely to successfully complete their degrees.
The transition from high school to college can be daunting, especially during the vulnerable first year. However, it’s essential to remember that effective studying is a skill that can be developed. It’s not about how much time you spend studying, but rather how you use that time. With active studying techniques, a structured learning process like CORA, and the willingness to ask for help, you can not only survive but thrive in your university learning journey. Happy studying!
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