For this week’s post, I decided to talk about option 1, which relates to study habits. This is because I think many college students including myself have trouble learning new study habits when they make the switch from high school to college. I in particular had trouble switching the way I studied because in high school I did not have to study for my classes as much as I do now. I was used to studying a few days before a test, but once I got to college, I realized that that would no longer work as that is not enough time to study.
A study habit that I do well is that I usually start studying for a test one week in advance. If it’s a math class, I will try to complete as many homework problems as I can to make sure that I understand key concepts, but for other classes I will keep rereading my notes. Depending on the class, I will make flashcards and try to find an online activity such as a matching game to test myself to make sure I understand the material. A few things that I need to improve on is after every class I need to immediately review my notes and hopefully more information will stick in my brain. Also, I need to make use of flashcards more frequently as a way to actually test myself on information, rather than just saying yes I know this, or no I need to study this a bit more.
For the first exam, the way I studied was that I looked over my notes every day for a week leading up to the day of the exam. I also reread the book the night before and made flashcards. A change that I will make for next time is that I will read my notes more frequently, maybe twice a day. I will also make flashcards sooner rather than later so that I have more time to test myself on this information.