Amber Baillon, professor of College Success (College 110), dedicates her time to make sure students are getting the most out of their college experience. Just in time for the start of fall quarter, she helped us compile a Top 5 list of the most important study habits students should learn to be successful in college.
- PLAN AHEAD: Use a distributed schedule, where you study a few hours each day for weeks before an exam, rather than waiting until the last minute. Find a place that you can study effectively and schedule routine study hours there every week. And have a backup plan just in case something goes wrong. Know how you will still complete your assignments if your computer freezes or you lose access to the Internet.
- BE PREPARED: Come to class ready with supplies for taking notes, any books or articles you were assigned to read, and a willingness to learn. Complete the assigned homework and arrive prepared to discuss it.
- ASK QUESTIONS: Whether you are reading a book chapter, participating in a group discussion, or listening to a lecture, find ways to become active in your learning and make sure you really understand the material. Ask questions about the topic in terms of its significance to your own life, other material you have studied, and things that you would like clarified.
- VISIT OFFICE HOURS: Faculty schedule time to be available for students. However, you’d be surprised how few students take advantage of this option. Use office hours to introduce yourself to your professor, ask clarifying questions, or to discuss an interesting topic from class.
- READ YOUR PROFESSOR’S FEEDBACK: Whether you are pleased with your grade or know you can do better next time, take a moment to carefully review any feedback from your professor. If you see notes scribbled in the margins or written in the footer, this means that your professor took the time to identify aspects of your work that were well done or could be improved – and in either case, you will learn a lot about how to prepare for the next assignment by reading the feedback.
Is there anything you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
Story and photo by Holly Buchanan
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.