My name is Bella and I am one of the many amazing front desk workers at the LWC! I am a first year International Studies major here at USF and within the past semester I have already begun to change and develop new study strategies specific to the courses I have taken.
Some strategies that have been most helpful for me (and hopefully will be for you too) are:
1. Use short breaks in your schedule to review in-class material (notes taken in last class) and to get a head start on homework (looking over the homework schedule on the syllabus and reading the directions on handouts) to get an idea of how much time you will need to have to work on certain assignments.
2. Chunk long readings into 10-20 page sessions each day before the reading is due so you don’t have to cram a 60 page reading and journal the night before.
3. LISTS! And lot’s of them. Even if you don’t own a planner, keep a journal or reminders/calendars in your phone so you don’t forget about that assignment the teacher decided to announce the last two minutes of class!
4. Print out slideshows before the class! This will save you energy (instead of copying down notes in class) and you will be able to actually LISTEN to the professor’s own analogies and connections to the information given in the slideshow lecture.
5. Review lecture notes at the end of each week! This will allow you to refresh all the information that was thrown at you the past 5 days and get ready for next week’s material and possible POP QUIZZES!
6. When reviewing notes, make sure to take out a highlighter and highlight main ideas of the lecture and chunk together information into different sections of the subject.
7. Identify the type of studying environment that works for you. Love being around your friends but you can’t finish your homework around them? Try to make time in your day for just friends and just homework. Studying alone isn’t too bad! Especially when you see your grades benefiting from it.
Well, that’s all I have for now! Hope everyone’s semester is off to a good start and that these study strategies will help you at some point in the semester…
If you need any additional help, make sure to stop by our center in Cowell 215 and we can help you find a tutor for your course or set you up with a professor to assist you with your paper!