There is a common misconception that you need to study hard to get good grades. I am here to tell you, that is not true. Don’t get me wrong, study is necessary, but it is important to do it smart.
Some people pull all-nighters. Others make notecards. Even others only read the textbook. There are a surplus of different studying techniques people use. It is best to mix and match and use multiple different types. Having notecards for definitions, reading the chapters in the textbook, and creating a study guide works wonders. Personally, those are the types of studying I prefer to blend together. While that is all fine and dandy, the only way to be effective is to study smart, not hard.
Make sure you are studying the appropriate material. It is never a good feeling to realize you were reading the wrong chapters when you see that first problem on the test. If it is open note or open book, make sure you don’t focus on memorizing specific data. It would be beneficial to bookmark the important pages and highlight what material is needed. If it is a math test, make sure you know if your professor will provide you with the necessary formulas. Hopefully you wont have to memorize them! Studying smart means you need to understand how to study. Do not just blindly stuff information into your brain, focus on actually retaining appropriate information.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to study habits. Try studying in a quiet place or while listening to classical music. You will be able to focus better without all of those distractions. Try rewriting your notes. It is much easier for your brain to retain information when it must read and write repetitively. That technique works wonders for me. Just remember, studying is important; make sure you are studying smart, not hard.
Tip of the Week
Get active with Student Government! We are currently in the middle of elections for next year. Student Government really does have a large influence at Walsh. They are basically the middle man from students to university. They push the student’s interests onto the desks of the faculty. When the Walsh community gathers together to support a cause, anything can be accomplished. It also helps to build strong leaders. There are many situations that you will be put in that will help spur personal growth. If you are looking to get active on campus, look into Student Government!