Try out these study tips to improve your retention and performance on tests and quizzes.

  • Be aware of what the professor expects. Find out either from the professor or former students.
  • Don't procrastinate. You will hear this a lot, but it is true. Starting to review for courses early saves a lot of time and energy the night before.
  • Divide your time among the various classes. Plan out ahead of time what you will study and when and try to follow what you have planned.
  • Keep a dictionary handy. Look up words you are unsure of. The words used in a course are important.
  • Review regularly.
  • Make up your own study guides and answer your own questions.
  • Compare your lecture notes with the textbook information to increase understanding. If anything doesn't seem to agree, ask the professor about it.
  • Try to study when you are alert.
  • Convert information to diagrams if visual information helps you learn.
  • Be in an environment that is appropriate for studying. If you don't have a good place to study, check out your local library or a coffee shop.
  • Take notes on thoughts you have about the subject you are studying.
  • Use flash cards to write down facts, key words and definitions, study questions and answers. Take them in your backpack and study them during unexpected free times.
  • Summarize: Give a brief, condensed account, avoiding unnecessary details.
  • Trace: Show the order of events or progress of a subject or event.