Shalon, a reader of my blog, sent a post with some of her favorite study habits. Back in college and grad school, I like to think that students who earned high grades tended to really develop their skills at studying.
Here are a few things I used to do:
- For memorization, I found frequent 15-20 minute sessions over the course of a few days worked better than spending two or three hours at a time. I’d carry around flashcards and quiz myself. I believe that memorization is a habit and so found that short sessions worked better.
- I never crammed and I never stayed up all night writing essays. Instead, I worked every day for about eight hours. At times, I would stay up late writing essays and studying when needed, but in general I tried to get most of my work done in the day. I think this is less stressful as if you procrastinate you just think about it all day.
- In university, I began to have panic attacks. They’ve stuck around. But I found that exercising before an exam (such as going to the gym in the morning before a noon exam) helped to relax me.
- Studying right before bed helped with memorization. I wouldn’t do a lot. But enough to let it soak into my brain as I slept.
- I also read the blog Study Hacks. It’s one of the best guides to becoming an A+ student out there. The blog is written by a computer science professor and has amazing insights into skill development, habit development, and how to manage stress.
Here are Shalon’s study tips. This is Shalon speaking now.