Essay Theme: Good Study Habits for College (My Example)

Your study habits define who you are as a student. Do you take notes religiously or adopt a more casual approach? Do you leave assignments to the last minute or get on task early?

A good study habit is one that works for you. We are interested in knowing your best tip. What thing do you do consistently that helps you achieve study goals?

Please tell us in 250 words or less about your highly effective study habit. Exactly what is it? - give us the details. Can you give a specific example where it helped? What was the outcome?

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Discipline, Diligence, and Self-awareness

by Xinyue Qiu (April 2, 2017)

Good studying habits incorporate discipline, diligence, and self-awareness. In terms of discipline, I see my syllabi as a contract that tells me what is expected of me and what I can expect. From the very beginning, I mark my planner with all the major assignments, such as papers, quizzes, and exams, for each class so that I can efficiently plan my weeks in advance. For example, in biology, where 1-2 textbook chapters are lectured each week, I make sure to read and take notes on the material for the lecture in advance. Instead of trying to learn everything on the spot during class, I am focusing on retaining the information. This way, class becomes review and confirmation of the information I’ve already learned. However, this requires a lot of diligence in that I need to always read and take notes ahead of each lecture. By knowing my overview of work for the week, I can organize my days one day at a time so that I am constantly making progress with my work.

Students must recognize that different courses in varying areas of study require development of different skill sets. For example, humanities courses may emphasize more critical reading, analysis, and comprehension. On the other hand, science and mathematics courses focus more on problem-solving, concept application, and research inquiry. In this context, self-awareness comes with knowing what skills you need and what type of learner you are so that you can tackle problems in a way that works for you.

Visual Flashcards

by Justine Green (April 18, 2017)

Through high school and into college I have found that studying two weeks before a test works best for me. I first make flashcards either on Quizlet or by hand. I then study in one hour increments so that I can take a break and really test my memory. If I study all at once I do not take in the information as well as when I take breaks. Since I usually study for Art History I tape the image of the artwork to one side and then the slide information is on the other. This way I have to memorize the titles well as the other facts. I also do this for vocabulary I need to know. To me it is most effective to speak out loud while reading the information. I use this all the time and has really helped my test taking skills and makes me more prepared.

Time Management Is Key

by Janelva Williams (April 26, 2017)

As a fully employed mother to two girls, going back to school was not an easy decision. I mean where in my day would I fit in a courses for a full degree program between work meetings and picking up kids after school, violin practice, track meets and the like. However determination and self-motivation are my driving forces. I set a goal for myself and I was determined to get it done. I wanted to complete my degree for my girls and no matter how busy anyone says they are, any goal can be accomplished if you keep moving forward. So I set out to achieve my goal; 30 minutes set aside here and an hour and half there, in between practices and pick up, carefully sculpting time for reading and homework assignments. I would not be able to reach my goal and still support my family unless I closely managed my time. I know it may sound corny or overly simplified but a simple act of writing down the times I would dedicate to studying or completing assignments kept me accountable and on task and I recommend adding this skill to your habits in order to be a highly effective student.