Effective Study Techniques

United States
July 15, 2009 2:44pm CST
Starting end of August, I will be entering college. This means I will have to take more time to study the material that is covered in class if I want to pass. In the past, I have had trouble studying the information, as I'm the type who either remembers the information from the start or I don't remember it at all. Also, I am a kinesthetic (hands-on) learner, though I can learn visually and audibly as well. If anyone has any effective techniques they use to study, please let me know. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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• United States
17 Jul 09
I've been homeschooled all my life and high school was all up to me. I took three college classes and I have a couple of clep classes to test out of when I get the money. For me, I have to take notes, if I don't take notes I never remember. And if something interests me I do a little bit of extra research just for my own benefit. So yeah, notes. Do it however you're able to remember. You can't make yourself be interested, but maybe make a list of things to do a bit of extra research. I could spend hours at wikipedia just going from one page to another.
• United States
17 Jul 09
I took a lot of notes for my AP United States History class last year, and that helped a bit, but I still had to do extra studying after I took the notes. Extra research might help, though, so that's definitely something I'll keep in mind. Thanks Swashbuckle. ^^
@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
15 Jul 09
One tip I learned a long time ago was to read the material three times. The first pass you look at headings, pictures, sidebars, or anything else that would distract you or catch your eye. The second time you read the material you read it just for a general feel of it. This would be a fairly quick reading. The third time is for understanding. This is when you would use your highlighter or take notes. You will notice your brain connecting the information from the first and second readings. This does help for me. I am an adult student who returned to college about a year ago. I never tried the system as a young student, but I know I take a lot more time on my work now. I hope this helps!
• United States
17 Jul 09
Hrm... this is actually a fairly good technique, and it's nothing I've ever done before. I'll definitely give it a try. After all, after looking at the same information so many times, I'm BOUND to remember it. Thanks a lot for this, blueunicorn! I'll let you know how it turns out.
@julbau18 (273)
• Philippines
19 Jul 09
Descipline your self. Try have some habits of your weakness. Change it so that you will be prepared for this coming college.