- Find a quiet place to study, such as home or the library.
- Avoid doing your homework or studying in front of the TV. You lose concentration.
- Read your syllabus. If you do not understand something, ask your instructor for clarification.
- Study with a friend or have a study group. One or more group members are likely to understand something you do not. Share your notes and ask questions.
- Know your learning style: visual, auditory or tactile/kinesthetic.
- Give yourself a break. For example, a 5-minute break after 25 minutes of studying.
- To help remember information more easily, relate what you are studying to what you already know.
- Begin with the most difficult assignments, and then advance to the easier ones.
- Determine the best time for you to study—morning, afternoon or night. Then study at that time every day.
- After each study session, try to remember the main points and as many details as possible.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions and find answers. Ask your instructors, librarians or classmates.
- Study when you are rested and alert. Sometimes last-minute study is a waste of time.
- Use all the sources you have to study—class notes, books and resources from your instructors.