For students the biggest hurddle college life offers them is undoubtedly studying. Yes, this is the main point of going to University in the first place, hopefully for most, but at the same time it’s also the most difficult.
Compilled below are four winning strategies and areas you need to pay particular attention to such that you might be able to study more, better and faster in the future.
1) Time Management. Remember, time is your most valuable commodity, so always try to keep in mind to spend it wisely. Studying is a great way of spending your time – it enriches your horizons, it makes your more aware of what happens in the world, it helps you develop professionally and as an individual. Efficient studying is an art, one which you need to master, when taking all these into account, and as such an effective time manangement needs to be employed. Sure, you might find that between campus classes, home studying, homeworks, projects and so on there doesn’t seem to be anymore spare time left. This is just a perception, though, time can be bought. The only thing you need to do is be more organized. Properly done, timetabling offers a balanced way of working, releasing you from the anxieties that go with disorganization. Many students find that this improves their motivation.
2) Plan your essays. One of the biggest complaints students have is that of essay drafting. The whole process seems interminable, and most would rather have their eyes pocked out by flaming iron than compose a paper. The truth is essay writing is that hard, when you have it structured out and planned that is. Outline the main points that you want/need to reach before starting the actual drafting process. A lot of professors complain that their students don’t actually the questions they pose for the paper. Start off with that and look to structure your paper around those questions. The more students plan, the better their writing will become. You’ll be amazed by the time you’ll save just by outlining your essay. The hardest part of any activity is to kick-start it, smooth sailing from there on.
3) Effective notes. During your first contact with the Universvity environment, one of your biggest concerns might be how to keep with the lecturer’s pace. There are students that write everything the professor says and then there are student who don’t actually write anything. Both groups are doing it wrong. The key lies in knowing what keywords to write down in the proper way and order so that when you revised them the general ideas infussed to you during the course come back. This way, you won’t have to lose all the time and focus writing down everything your professor says.
4) Mind-mapping. The technique of mind-mapping has been around for a while – it involves a visual form of arranging words, ideas, tasks or other items linked together and arranged around a central idea. When studying or essay writing is concerned, mind-mapping can be a very powerful tool in the right hands. Sketch out the information and ideas that your essay will contain in a visual manner, using keywords, colors, while making use of shapes and spaces. Students who use mindmaps also report that ideas seem to come to mind extremely easy. This might be your wildcard when faced with creative burn-out.
About the author:
Tibi Puiu is a ferm advocate of higher education. He believes that anyone willing should have access to quality University education, regardless of financial or social status. Tibi hopes for a future where quality cheap degrees are a figment of reality.