My freshman year of college didn’t go too well for several reasons.
One, I had no idea what I was getting into: how the classes go, how to prepare for them, how to set a schedule, etc.
Two, I didn’t know how to study. I tried so many different things, different techniques, took notes in various ways, made flashcards.
But it turned out that jumping around like that only made it worse. Without having a steady, set way to prepare for each class, I couldn’t remember the information very well and ended up not doing too hot on the tests.
So now I want to actually set some goals for myself. Maybe these will be helpful to you guys too!
1) In class:
- Always take notes, using 1 method: Cornell, Mapping, or Outline (on paper or on an iPad)
- Listen actively, connect new information to something I’ve already heard or know
- No mindless writing: take notes in my own words. This keeps your mind working during the lecture.