The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time to reflect on the past and to embrace new challenges and opportunities. It’s also a time to take stock of areas for personal improvement. As a college student, working on your study skills is a New Year’s resolution that will pay off. According to Barry University’s guide on study skills for adults, students should focus on three areas to improve: classroom strategies, time management, and test taking.
New Classroom Strategies
Classroom strategies include ways to conduct yourself in class in order to get the most out of your experience. Are you easily distracted? Try sitting in the front row instead of the back. The closer you sit to the instructor, the easier it will be to stay focused. Also, make sure to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. This way you’ll be able to clear up any confusion that you may have about the course with your instructor before disaster strikes. Furthermore, always listen closely and take notes. Perhaps the most famous last words from students (and I’m writing from experience) are, “I don’t need to write that down.” Write. Down. Everything. If your instructor is speaking and it seems important, it probably is, so write it down!
New Time Management
Perhaps one of the most useful skills that you will learn as a successful college student is time management. One of the best ways to manage your time is to get organized. Many students use weekly planners to keep track of class schedules, due dates, and tests. Being organized will also help prevent procrastination. Additionally, it is important to set specific goals, whether short term or long term. Decide which program you want to be in and what kind of career you are interested in as soon as possible. This will make your studies more meaningful and inspire you to continue to the finish line.
New Test Taking
Lastly, test taking strategies can greatly influence your success in college. Make sure to study regularly rather than cramming the night before a big test. Also, if you’re unsure of an answer, move on and come back to the question later! It’s better to answer the questions that you know and come back to questions you are unsure of at the end in case you run short on time.
Finally, read all directions thoroughly. Nothing hurts worse than finding out that you did badly on a test not because you didn’t know the answers, but because you didn’t follow directions.
In addition, you can start your semester off right next week by visiting one of our many campus libraries or learning centers. These vibrant centers offer a wide range of services as well as spaces to study and access to technology.
Source: Barry University. (2019). Study skills for adult learners. Retrieved from https://www.barry.edu/pace/current-students/resource-guide/study-skills.html