Grab your binders and your books
Notes, highlighters, and pens
Get your studying in now
So you can hang out with your friends!
Not sure where to start?
You’re not the only one
Just keep reading along
And visit the AAC when you’re done!
Do not: Study with your best friend in his/her dorm while listening to music and getting visits from the other people on your floor. You will literally get nothing done.
Perhaps the best study buddy is someone who is close, but not too close. Someone you get along with, but not someone who is going to distract you. “You can’t study with best friends because you end up talking, listening to music, and you can just get easily distracted unless everyone is on the same page, like ‘oh we have to study’ but other than that…” Ori Onazi, Senior Psychology Major. Unless you are on the same page, you cannot study with someone. Seriously though, you cannot go over the same information unless you are looking at the same page…
Anyway, I digress. Find someone who is compatible with the way you study best. Like any other relationship, don’t be afraid to try it out. Date your study buddy (not literally). Try it out, if it works, keep it going. If it doesn’t, break it off. Find someone who matches or compliments your learning style. Also, like any other relationship, you can’t rush perfection. If you can hold each other accountable, you are more likely to stay on track, and more likely to succeed in your goals. Set a solid time aside each week, and walk yourselves to Cook to be more productive. There are group study areas on the second and third floors.
Hate to Wait
Procrastination is one of the easiest things to do for any student. When you know you have weeks, sometimes longer, to complete assignments; it’s easy to get side tracked and think you can still get your work and studying done on time. Then, as the days go by, you start to remember that you have other things to do and more assignments keep popping up and all of the sudden, you don’t have time to finish everything. This can cause tremendous stress and never ends well. Remember that the semester, and college in general, is a marathon not a sprint. You can’t learn everything you need to know for the test or write a paper in one night. Take it from someone who has done both; it never ends well. Even if you think the grade you got on the test was good enough, there is a difference between doing well on a test and learning your craft. Practicing good habits of planning ahead and learning for retention will serve you very well in your future job and in life.
To be a great student, you must excel to get the grade! You should start by utilizing all resources that are available on campus; whether that is tutoring, the writing center, or the counseling center. If you are able, you should go to meet with your professor during their office hours, or before and after class. Always plan on attending every class, sit up front, and take lots of notes. Lastly, do whatever it takes to get the A!
Boats of Notes
Note-taking is an essential part of all of your courses. There are many different styles out there and it is important that you find a style or styles that best suit your own personal learning style. You will need to adapt the way you take notes based off of the course that you are taking notes for. Your notes for a science or math course will look different than your notes for your history class. There are also plenty of apps available for your phone, tablet, or computer. The one most utilized by the Academic Achievement Center is Evernote. Evernote allows you to organize your notes in an online platform that you can access anywhere with an internet connection. If you are looking for more information on note taking stop by one of the Note-Taking Methods workshops that we are hosting this week on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
The moral of the story is: have a plan! Make a study schedule and stick to it. Pick a study buddy who will help you achieve success, not necessarily your best friend. Take full advantage of the academic recourses on campus to help you excel in class. And above all else, don’t procrastinate! Get the assignments done ahead of time and you won’t feel as stressed. The earlier you finish assignments, the more time you have to edit and revise your work. The earlier you begin studying, the more prepared you will be for the test and the more you will be able to commit the information to memory for long-term use. In the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Kristy Gustavson, Steven Hand, Marissa Insinna, & Eddie Lomash
Tabatha Beck & Jeremy Boettinger