Student Health 101 - 5 Study Methods That Actually Work!

11/12/2013

Contributed by Nancy Reynolds

Submitted on behalf of Julia Herman '14, CHP Intern.

There are tens of thousands of study strategies, and hopefully you've found at least one that works for you. However, studies show that using multiple study methods will help make information stick more than if you use just one. Here are some popular study methods used by many students:

 

  1. Make it bright! Jazz up your notes with highlighters. Color code different topics to make information fun and easier to remember. 
  2. Acronyms. We remember things that make us laugh. If you have to remember a list, why not make it into a funny acrostic sentence? Remember Please Excuse MyDear Aunt Sally from your early math years for the order of operations?!
  3. Concept Sheet. This is a more positive spin on the "cheat sheet". Take a piece of paper and write the most important facts from your study material. 
  4. Social Studying. Group studying can be productive! Quiz each other, debate different perspectives, teach one another concepts. 
  5. Playback. Many students find it helpful to record themselves reading off the most important information, and then playing it back in the car when they are driving, in their headphones while they are working out, or even on their stereo when they are just lounging around. 

Find which ways work for you and incorporate them into your study rituals! Also, remember to break work down if you have a bunch of due dates coming up all at once. Starting to study last minute is never a good choice! 

For more studying tips, check out the article 5 Study Methods That Actually Work  in this month's issue of Student Health 101!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Nancy Reynolds at nreynolds@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3136. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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