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Studying How To Study

STUDYING HOW TO STUDY Effective studying habits are the keys to a successful college career. But there are multiple factors that affect how well you retain information. Here we explore these influences and give you tips to develop effective study habits. 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM Properly taking notes is one of the most important factors related to successful studying. Technology has made that process easier for students, and today, many bring laptops to class. A Science Direct study shows: 64.3% of students used laptops in at least one class Students reported that they used their computer for things other than lecture notes for an average of 17 minutes during a 75-minute class. Computers make things easier, but they also offer distractions. 25% 43% 68% 81% played games surfed the net used instant checked e-mail messaging A STUDYING TOOL Highlight your notes, text book, or flashcards with different colors to differentiate facts while studying. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY The best way to streamline your study habits is to learn time management. Set realistic goals for study time to avoid last-minute cramming. In addition to setting aside dedicated study time, review your notes everyday. 10 30 - 50 min. min, break The goal of studying is to retain information. Retention rate is 60% higher when information is reviewed 60% Studying for 30-50 minutes, with a 10-minute break, is recommended. within 24 hours of hearing. Study your notes within one day of taking them. Try these studying techniques: Make up examples Read notes Rewrite Review Use highlighted/ column/margin information notes flashcards MUSIC IS MY MUSE, OR IS IT? Though an increasing number of students listen to music while studying, a 2010 Applied Cognitive Psychology study showed that participants who listened to music while studying had the poorest recall abilities. EXAM TOMORROW. TIME TO CRAM! UCLA conducted a study (detailed below) that found cramming pushes information into short-term memory rather than long-term memory, which is where information should go for more successful retention. Students were put into two groups and asked to study word pairs. GROUP 1 GROUP 2 8x 8x 8x 8x 8x 8x Broke cards into small stacks of 5, studying each stack 8 times before moving on to the Reviewed 20 cards times in succession. next stack. Student-predicted retention results: GROUP 1 GROUP 2 54% 68% Predicted memory of 54% of word pairs. Predicted memory of 68% of word pairs. Actual exam results, which showed a reverse: GROUP 1 GROUP 2 80% 54% RESULTS Adding information to your short-term memory is less effective for retention than adding it to your long-term memory. STUDYING: BE LOOSE Pocm Do you find it difficult to memorize mundane information? Use the information to create a poem, song, experience, mental picture, or rhyme. Information is then stored in a more memorable manner and is easier to recall. SLEEP: EFFECTIVE FORM OF STUDYING Falling asleep while studying a book is ineffective, but getting the right amount of sleep does allow the information sink in. To avoid school fatigue, remember: 2% 2% zzzzzzzz You should get 6-8 hours of sleep a night 2% of people can do well with 5-6 hours of sleep 2% of people need more than 9 hours of sleep a night to do well A Hendrix College study observed the academic success of students with different sleep schedules. The groups were separated into three categories: Night Owls, Morning Larks, and Regular Robins. • People who do their best at night • Average 41 less minutes of sleep per night than the other two groups • Drink caffeinated beverages close to bedtime and don't keep a consistent sleep schedule during the week Night Owls Average post-freshman year GPA 2.84 Regular Robins • Alert between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., tired by 10 p.m Average post-freshman year GPA • People who do their best in the morning Morning Larks 3.18 EVERYONE CAN DO IT! Everyone is different, but everyone can develop effective study habits. If your current study habits aren't working, try something new. "Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age." -Walter Savage Landor SOURCES: WOMENSHEALTH.GOV |UCLA, RASMUSSEN REPORTS | PEW | NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES | GEARUP.GOV| NIJT.EDU | PURDUE UNIVERSITY | VIRGINIATECH.EDU| HEALTHFINDER.GOV| MCLA.EDU| UWGB.EDU | GEORGETOWN.EDU | THINKEXIST.COM | COD.EDU | HENDRIX COLLEGE | SCIENCE DIRECT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE

Studying How To Study

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Effective study habits are the keys to a successful college career. But there are multiple factors that affect how well you retain information. Here we explore these influences and give you tips to de...


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