Graduate With These Helpful Study Skills
Juggling classes, study time, and a personal life can prove difficult for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. They can easily feel as if there just isn’t enough time. Whether they are a freshman at a traditional university or students taking online master’s programs, it is important that college students have the right skills to reach their goals and graduate. This includes having effective note-taking skills as well as good time-management and study habits. These particular skills will help students make the most of their class time and the time spent on homework and studying. Developing good test-taking skills helps a student to be more thoughtful and deliberate during exams and make the most efficient use of their time. Because college involves a significant amount of writing, students must also work on their writing skills and habits. Other important talents that are crucial for a college student include good research and presentation skills.
- Create a to-do list that sets time limits on individual tasks. Having a schedule helps students to remember what needs to be done. In addition, it forces them to consider how long each task will take and helps them to complete their work in a more efficient manner.
- Keep school work and all study areas organized. Clutter and disorganization can make it difficult to find notes, handouts, and other important items when they are needed and wastes valuable time.
- Each week, students should look ahead at their schedule. This helps them to prepare for what needs to done and prevents any surprises that may affect their time.
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- Prepare to take notes by reviewing coursework in advance.
- Don’t worry about taking perfect notes while in class. Rewrite them after the lecture is over for clarity and to improve retention.
- Leave space in the margins when taking notes. Use this space to write additional notes while studying.
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- Before studying, it is important to eliminate any possibility of distraction. This typically involves shutting off one’s cellphone as well as the television. In some cases, people may fail to respect one’s need to study in a distraction-free environment. Students should not feel bad about asking for quiet or asking noisy individuals for privacy.
- Consider studying with a friend or joining a study group.
- One should not be afraid or hesitant to ask for help if they are struggling in a class. Tutor programs are often available, and a tutor will not only help a student get a better grasp on the subject but also help them get the most out of study time.
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- Before starting a paper, create an outline. This is a helpful way to organize one’s thoughts and stay focused.
- Always write for clarity. Write using the active voice, and avoid repetition and wordiness.
- The first copy of a paper should be considered a first draft. Students should always proofread and revise their work before submitting it.
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- Before officially starting one’s research, conduct a preliminary search. This search will help establish the amount of research material available, what adjustments may need to be made to the subject, and the amount of time that it may take to complete.
- Evaluate sources to ensure that they are credible and authoritative.
- Study citation rules and understand why this is an important component of one’s research.
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- At the start of the test, glance over all of the questions. Identify the questions that are easiest to answer, and start with those first.
- On multiple-choice tests, one should first try to answer the question in their mind before looking at the possible answers.
- Be mindful of how much time is spent on each answer to make sure that there will be enough time to finish the exam.
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- When creating a visual presentation, use a font size that can be seen by individuals who will be sitting in the back.
- The background of a visual presentation should contrast with the text for clarity.
- A presenter should always research their audience. Understanding one’s audience can help the presenter keep their interest.
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