Teach me how to study!
September 20, 2009 8:31 PM Subscribe
What is the most effective way to study?
posted by kro to education (27 answers total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know how to study. I've looked through all the previous posts about studying and study skills, but none of them really address my problem. I'm not a grad student, I'm not in serious trouble of failing any classes, and I'm not studying for a specific test like the GRE's. I just don't know how to study
The problem isn't my notes- I *finally* got that under control this year. I'm a sophomore with double majoring in bio and education, double minoring in chem and , and depending on the class I either take notes in Notebook view on Word (the ability to record lectures into my notes is a godsend) or just on paper. I do my homework and I go to all of my classes. But when it's time to study for a test, I draw a blank. For biology and chem, I've been making notecards- which is really good for vocabulary, but not so good for concepts and ideas. I feel like there has to be a better way than notecards. And what about math classes or classes where notecards aren't really practical? Should I make study guides? How do I know what to put on the study guides? Would it be better for me to make outlines throughout the semester of things to study from so I don't have to compile it all before an exam into a study guide?
Like I said, this isn't because I'm doing poorly in my classes. I switched my major from a social science to biology and I'm being faced with studying for math and science classes now. I was a straight A student in high school and I don't think I ever studied for a single test- but things have changed now and I need to pick up some study skills, quick.