It's true, there are more effective ways to study and learn. Honing your skills in taking notes both in and out of class, for example, can help boost your information retention and improve your ability to contextualize and apply knowledge come exam time. Below, we'll discuss a variety of study skills, including
- Learning Styles
- A good first step to improving your study skills is to identify and understand your learning style.
- Effective Notetaking
- Notetaking seems like an easy task, right? For most students, though, taking notes is much more difficult than it sounds.
- Anxiety and Test Taking
- Managing anxiety, especially that spurred by midterm and final exams or large projects, is necessary to improving study skills.
- General Study Skills Resources
- Taking Breaks
- Study Skills Checklist
A good first step to improving your study skills is to identify and understand your learning style.
There are seven learning style categories, and while knowing which category most closely matches your habits and personality can help you shape better study habits, most likely you learn to some degree through each of these methods:
Visual (spatial) learning style:You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical) learning style: You prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic) learning style: You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinesthetic) learning style: You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical) learning style: You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal) learning style: You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal) learning style: You prefer to work alone and use self-study. (learning-styles-online.com 2014)
Try one of these resources for assessing your preferred learning style:
Notetaking seems like an easy task, right? For most students, though, taking notes is much more difficult than it sounds. This series of videos offers a variety of insights and tips on how to be better at retaining the information you are presented in class.
How to Take Great Notes
How to Take "Cornell Notes"
Taking Notes in Class
Anxiety and Test Taking
Managing anxiety, especially that spurred by midterm and final exams or large projects, is necessary to improving study skills.
7 tips to beat test anxiety
How to Study for a Test
Break the cycle of panic!
General Study Skills Resources
The Learning Toolbox
The Science of Productivity
The Science of Procrastination and How to Manage It
8 tips to stay motivated
9 Best Scientific Study Tips
Optimising the Performance of the Human Mind: Steve Peters at TEDxYouth@Manchester 2012
Breaks are imporant! Check out these apps for your Mac and iOS devices to help you
Time Out for Mac
Stand Up! for iOS
f.lux Blue light removal program for Mac (this is similar to Nightshift on iOS or Twilight on Android)
If you have an app suggestions for us to add here for Mac, Android, Windows or Linux then please send it to email@example.com.
Study Skills Checklists
Radford University Study Skills Checklist
Dawson College Study Skills Checklist
Hamline University Study Skills and Habits Checklist
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