Study Tips

By: Hektor Kuzelka

It is best to review the material right after class when it's still fresh in your memory.

Start out by studying the most important information.

Take notes and write down a summary of the important ideas as you read through your study material.

Take short breaks frequently. Your memory retains the information that you study at the beginning and the end better than what you study in the middle.

Space out your studying, you'll learn more by studying a little every day instead of waiting to cram at the last minute. By studying every day, the material will stay in your long-term memory but if you try to study at the last moment, the material will only reside in your short-term memory that you'll easily forget.

If you choose to study in a group, only study with others who are serious about the test.

Listening to relaxing music such as classical or jazz on a low volume can relieve some of the boredom of studying.

Don't study later than the time you usually go to sleep, you may fall asleep or be tempted to go to sleep, instead try studying in the afternoon or early evening. If you are a morning person try studying in the morning.

Students with better study methods and strategies score higher on their exams.

Learn the general concepts first, don't worry about learning the details until you have learned the main ideas.