Welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for freshman! Today’s post is about studying in college I made a post on this last year too. I’m updating my advice this summer with what I’ve learned after two years in college. Again remember these are just suggestions I have and not hard and fast rules you need to follow. The reason you’re in college is to obtain a degree and studying is the main way to help you achieve your goal. With that being said I have 3 tips for studying your freshman year in college.
- FIND RANDOM PLACES TO STUDY
Probably the most popular spots on college campuses to study or get work done are the libraries and union. I did go to the library a lot freshman year but the union rarely had seats open. This past year I got a lot of my work done in the dining halls, because my schedule didn’t work well with others, and it was pretty nice. Since I usually got there before lunch rush was easy to get a booth or table. I also like to sit on the balcony attached to the campus store and people watch while I work. When you pick less populated places on campus to study you more than likely won’t be fighting for space and studying could be easier.
- STUDY WITH FRIENDS
This tip works best mainly for STEM and foreign language classes. Since the humanities is typically heavily focused on writing and less specific right or wrong answers it can be hard to study with others. Studying for STEM classes with friends is very helpful because they can teach you different ways to learn the concepts that you can’t get in class. Working with friends for foreign language classes is great, because the more practice you get the better you’ll be at the language. Your friends can even introduce you to new places to study on campus.
- LOOK OVER LECTURE NOTES/POWERPOINTS
Very rarely have I had tests where the entire material comes from class readings unless it was a novel. Most of what the professor wants you to learn they’ll talk about in lecture. So before tests you should try and focus the bulk of your studying on lecture materials, unless the professor explicitly said otherwise. Also, along with that you should try and go to every class often professors will give out information not on the PowerPoints and refuse to go over it again. So, if you’re always in class you won’t miss these little gifts from professors.
I hope this will help you when you start your first year in the fall. In case you missed last week’s post on you time you can find it here. Also if you know anyone in the future class of 2021 who needs some advice on college share this post with them. Another college advice post will be up next Tuesday! If you liked this post leave a comment down below!