By Loraine Aceto
In need of study tips?! Have you ever wondered how to survive midterms? Or even just college projects, assignments and essays? What is your method of studying? These tips are specifically for college students who need help going about studying. From procrastination to the adjustment of being new at college, to a push for self-direction, to still discovering different methods to go about studying… here is your advice.
Contrary to what most people might think, studying takes a lot more than it’s cracked up to be. Good study habits are essential to being that much-aspired-to student with excellent grades. One suggestion for midterms is to make a midterm study schedule. Set times studying each night to study for the midterm. Even a reminder on your phone can add motivation and go a long way to actually doing so.
Once the topics that are going to be in the exam are clear, make a list of those topics and questions that are going to be covered in the midterm. Gather up all your worksheets and notes, maybe even your previous tests, to review, then adjust depending on what the midterm is covering.
For any kind of study, try studying somewhere new, if you’re one that likes curiosity and to change up routine. There is a good spot upstairs in the New Media Lounge with comfortable sofas. Make a discovery around campus — you might find a different peaceful study spot.
So how can we students apply self-regulatory learning to our college studies? Research has shown that planning, self-monitoring, self-evaluation and self-reaction are critical and reliable strategies. For example, when “planning for a new academic task, students have to set task-specific goals,” write educational psychologists Paul Pintrich and Akane Zusho. Depending on the goals of the student, the best method for college students’ studies would be for students to “plan and select appropriate strategies and methods to complete [their] tasks,” according to psychologist Barry Zimmerman.
Be aware of your progress toward the goals you set. For example, a student could ask to make goals with their SMCC faculty advisor or track their grades on MySMCC/Blackboard. Ask your professor how to improve your grade.
Organization is a huge factor of studying well. Keep one planner to track your classes, assignments and social plans. Keep this planner with you where you can record hands on. Keep binders and notebooks for each of your classes.
Have a system for taking notes. There are various styles of note taking: Cornell notes, color-coded scribbles, visual style. In general, only record the most important parts to study. Cramming your note taking as fast as you can before the professor changes the lecture presentation slide or erases what is written on the board can be stressful and just plain difficult to study.
I hope these tips help college students who need study help, in any kind of study, from assignments to presentations to projects to essays… especially with midterms coming up!
Overall, motivational, behavioral and cognitive learning endeavors as well as organization will push for that A, B or C grade. For an extra push towards that degree, definitely set times every night to study for the midterms.
Best of luck in your studies, everyone!