Study Skills That Work

Midterms and Finals for the semester are right around the corner. Now is the time to bone up on some study skills and habits. It doesn’t mean you have to study and work harder, instead read on for how to study smarter.

Find Your Sweet Spot

Before studying can begin, consider your surroundings. Studies show that switching up your study environment can help recall. If you normally bury yourself in the recess of your room, try hitting up the front porch or maybe check out a local coffee shop. The change in scenery can improve memory and concentration.

Silence Isn't Always Golden

Know where you study best. The silence of a library may not be the best place for you. It’s important to consider what noise environment works best for you. You might find that you concentrate better with some background noise. Some people find that listening to classical music while studying helps them concentrate, while others find this highly distracting. The point is that the silence of the library may be just as distracting (or more) than the noise of a gymnasium. Thus, if silence is distracting, but you prefer to study in the library, try the first or second floors where there is more background ‘buzz.’ Keep in mind that active studying is rarely silent as it often requires saying the material aloud.

Next, consider what is not studying. Studying is not reading and re-reading your text. While reading is part of pre-studying, it is considered passive studying. The University of Pittsburgh identifies passive studying as consuming information through merely reading or listening. These do not allow for the proper recall of information and lead to forgotten information.

In turn, active studying is the best approach to retaining and recalling needed information. Active studying is the process of understanding something by talking about it, analyzing it, putting it all together, solving problems, reflecting on it, asking questions about it, and doing it.

Instead, engage in active studying:

Try the following simple steps to help create and foster healthy study habits.

Learn more about the four types of learning styles and which one will best suit you or your student so that the studying methods can be catered to fit.

Most people use more than one of these ways to learn but will tend to perform better and have more success with one specific one. Once a person knows what learning type works for them, then they can start studying more effectively with better results.

Not sure where to start to create better study habits, but reach out to any of the experienced credited faculty at CFCA. They can sit with our students to help assess which learning style they tend to do the best with. At CFCA, we always value the success of students who work to attain their academic goals and we work hard to create environments that will foster healthy study habits. If you are considering if CFCA is home and a good fit for you and your family, reach out today to schedule a tour of our campus.

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