Study Strategies


Learning strategies

General Study Strategies



  • Establish a comfortable physical environment
  • Libraries, study lounges or private rooms are the best quiet places to study.
  • Avoid studying in noisy places where there are many distractions such as cafeterias, recreation rooms, or lounges
  • Relax and set a positive attitude
  • Know the teacher’s style
  • Go to all the review sessions if they are offered.
  • Picture yourself doing well
  • Study when you are rested, alert, and have planned for it. Last minute studying just before a class or test is not effective
  • Create a strategy for budgeting your time.  Allocate a certain amount of time each day for each class
  • Study a little every day – Repetition is the key to learning
  • Be consistent with study times
  • Never study within 30 minutes of going to sleep
  • Organized notes
  • Use lots of multicolored highlighters to delineate importance in text and notes
  • Study beyond simple recognition of the information
  • When studying concepts – study to know, not just to memorize.  If you memorize you will not be able to apply it.
  • Some things have to be memorized like facts – make lists of them and give yourself enough time to memorize the information
  • Use flash cards or note cards for vocabulary and key concepts
  • Utilize Memory techniques (acronyms, chunking, etc..)






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