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A blog by Ray Rosen, Owner of Education Perspective.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

College: Don't Forget to Study

Leaving for college is an exciting time for both the student and the parent. You are all embarking on a whole new chapter of life. Once the excitement settles down, it will be time for the student to study and make the most of your college investment.

A dorm room is very convenient but it is a bad choice for a study space. Students will find that they have improved concentration and efficiency when they have a specific study location. Make a list of possible study locations around campus based on noise level, availability, and cleanliness. Then take time to try each one to find the best and most comfortable space for your needs.

How you study is just as important as where you study.

Once a study locale is selected, you want to focus on how you are studying and if it is effective. To make the most of your study time, make the most of daylight hours. This is especially true for your most challenging courses. You will retain more and have a better attention span earlier in the day. And, we all know that college students like to make the most of the evening (and wee morning) hours!

Avoid studying marathons. The most effective way to study is in 20-50 minute periods with brief breaks in between. Organize your studies from most challenging to least. Spend the beginning hour of study time on your most difficult subject.

Effective note-taking skills in both the classroom and during your personal study time is essential. Review your class notes and keep consistent study notes of main points, your research, and your personal thoughts or feelings about what you are studying.

By reviewing your course materials regularly, you will improve your concentration and memory.

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