Studying Tips

Helpful hints and strategies.

Focus your attention on the materials you are learning in class.

This allows information to move from short-term memory into long-term memory. Study in a place that will be free of distractions such as music, television, and electronics. Set aside a short period of time to be alone so that you can get down to business and study.

Establish Regular Study Sessions.

Study materials over a period of time. When you get home take the time to study ten to thirty minutes a day. If you study regularly you will remember the information far better than if you studied the information in one marathon session.

Mnemonic Devices

Mnemonic Devices are a strategy used to associate new information with old information making it easier to receive. An example is when students who play an instrument must remember the order of the notes for the treble staff. Treble staff notes are EGBDF and they use the acrostic Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge to remember the notes.

Structure and Organize the Information you are studying

Structure and organize the materials you are studying into by grouping similar concepts and terms together. Information is organized in memory by related clusters. You can also make an outline of your notes and textbook readings to help with group related concepts.

Sleep

Sleep is important for learning new information and memory. When you wake up in the morning, the sleep you gained throughout the night will help you learn faster and remember the new information better. It is recommended to get at least eight to ten hours of sleep at night.