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- Aug 18, '12 by StephalumpQuote from bubblejet50I feel ya there! I totally blew my first semester of college. I just had no idea what to do to succeed because I never had to do much of anything before that. Tests were only over material covered in class and I could remember anything my teachers said, so I was always good to go without ever (and I mean EVER) studying.I lost all my scholarships at my first college after I failed two classes freshman year. That was due to not knowing how to study. I was a straight a student in high school but was never challenged enough to need to study. You should find out what type of learner you are first before you try a bunch of ways to study. You want to find methods that incorporate your learning style. Im an auditory learner and have a photographic memory if I can keep my attention long enough to read and process a textbook. I can literally see the page and the text on it but I have a hard time focusing when I read texts. I found flashcards helped like with definitions or review questions from a study guide. Id make up some then bring them with me and run through a few in my downtime. Also if you are a visual learner youtube has a lot of videos to watch on the subject you are learning but make sure its not just a spoof. Some people do well in study groups. Dont try to cram all in one night either. Do a lil bit every night and add to it
A&P my second semester was a game changer. I was so enthralled by the information and so challenged I shifted gears and was basically willing to try anything and everything to succeed. I learned that I do great in study groups (auditory learner, once again), that I'm best reading text before class, not after (helps cement the lecture in my head. Reading afterwards is too repetitive to keep my attention), that I absolutely cannot study at home, and that I need to do a little every day, but keep it cumulative or I'll be struggling to remember earlier stuff on test day.
- Aug 18, '12 by macalania54the essay idea sounds genius! I think I'll try it this semester
- Aug 18, '12 by DespareuxKids screaming and running around while the television is blaring worked quite well for me. I tried to study in silence; it felt eery and empty; I did not like it.
I liked the noise because it made it so I HAD to concentrate more.
Also, I discovered that I learn best by listening to lecture and thinking about key points and how I would apply them to practice. Once I realized this, studying became fun and easy, and the best part was, I barely had to crack open my books.
My point is, it's a really good idea to know what works for you. All those college students we see on tv or in advertisements, who have their nose in a book, or who are in study groups with great big smiles, promote this image of what a student is supposed to look like and how they're supposed to study, when in reality, EVERYONE has their own distinct study style.
I would suggest taking a little bit of time to discover how you learn best--just Google it.
- Aug 18, '12 by futureADN(Not that I am glad that anyone bombed their first college semester) But it makes me feel better knowing that I am not the only one around here who has done it. Finally starting back to classes 2 years later!!!
- Aug 19, '12 by PalmHarborMomhopefullyfuturenurse- recorders can be bought for as little as $50 BUT I would recommend spending alittle extra to buy one that has a USB built into it, rechargeable battery and more storage. I have an Olympus recorder that I can record a whole semester on. I can either listen with ear buds or use the USB to plug into my computer. Also the USB is used to charge it and a charge lasts about 8 hrs.
I am in my first semester of nursing school and this is what works for me... I record lectures and use them to write notes. I use several different colors when writing notes. The main body is written in black but the key words are in different colors. I can visualize my notes when I am taking a test. For exams.... I look like a weirdo but I read my notes out loud to myself. Also get a study group together but no more than 2 or 3 other people. More than that becomes a social hour. Also, make sure that those in the study group study and do not expect to be taught everything. There should be a give and take, meaning what I have trouble with someone can help me and vice versa.
- Aug 19, '12 by runforfunQuote from hopefullyfuturenurseSomeone already hit on this, but if you have a smartphone, they usually have a voice recorder or you can download an app. Just test it out to make sure you get the quality you want-an actual recorder tends to have higher quality.Thanks for the replies everyone. I really like the dry erase board idea, I'm gonna buy one I also liked the idea of recording lectures. Where can I buy a recorder? About how much do they cost?
Bestbuy has a pretty good selection and price range...or at least they did 4 years ago.
- Aug 19, '12 by charli_appleI tried the highlighting but it worked like blackout for me. Whenever I went to review, I totally missed the highlighted parts...lol. For my BIO classes, I started out recording lectures but once I finally tried the online study tools that come with the textbook.....that and the homework assignments were pretty much all I used
I think a couple of flash cards and an understanding of nature vs. nurture got me through Psych with an A. Allgebra comes naturally to me so I dont really feel like I did anything other than homework in there.
In Pharm you'll go over HUNDREDS of medications. If your instructor gives out any kind of practice assignments, like crosswords and things like that, make sure you know EVERYTHING about any medication he or she puts on there.....including other medications that fall into the same class. For example, if one of the answers is Allopurinol, make sure you know everything there is to know about all antigout agents.
For research papers, just be sure to answer every question. You'd be surprised at how many can be answered in one sentence...lolLast edit by charli_apple on Aug 19, '12
- Aug 19, '12 by AnAppleGirlSo this is my first time posting on here, but I feel like studying is one of my strong points and I thought I could be some help. The thing that helps me the best is that I make sure I take in the information in all forms. I like to record the lectures (if I am close enough to the professor I can record them on my IPhone), I take meticulous notes, review the professors slides if they will give them to you, and do practice problems if there are any. I also will read the material, but I hear you, it is so hard to concentrate on text books. I usually skim the books and focus on the material that the professor stressed or that I find particularly interesting. Finding friends in your classes is super important. I like to have study groups at least once a week, and having friends in class makes it easier so you can review and bounce ideas about the material off each other before and after class.
Sometimes I like to go to a coffee shop or library for an hour or two with some music in my ears and that really helps me when I really need to focus and get away from the distractions at home.
I have been able to maintain a 3.98 while working on my pre-reqs over the past year and a half while raising two little munchkins. The key is taking the info in in a variety of ways and not studying for hours straight on end. Take lots of breaks and stay away from distractions.
Also Khan Academy on YouTube has great instructions and tutorials for chemistry and math. Not sure what other stuff they offer, but it saved my booty in chemistry.
Hope this helps! Good luck this semester!
- Aug 22, '12 by Nurse2b7337alovelymother by chance are you a kinesthetic learner?
- Aug 22, '12 by quirkyvanillaThese study tips are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing them. What is a good website to go to to take the learning style quiz?