What’s The ‘Right’ Way To Study?


You study for 5 days, every minute that you can, but you got a ‘C’ or worse…

    • This happened to me last week in microbiology, I was heartbroken and felt like there was nothing I could have done to get a better grade.
    • that I wasn’t smart enough to achieve my dream
    • I didn’t think I could do it pass in the first place, I made a mistake by cramming studying in every second.
    • This is the wrong way, But I’m going to show you…
  • The right way
    • And of course, if you study well, you’ll get A’s in classes.
  • I’ve broken this down into four steps
    • They’re chronological, you do them in this order, but you do whatever works for you.


  • Self-confidence is directly linked to success 
    • Each of these dots represents a person. The horizontal axis shows us how confident the individual felt about their performance before taking this test or exam.
    • While the vertical axis represents their score.
    • People who were more confident about their performance before taking the test did better on it.
    • So, what is self-confidence?


  • It’s different from self- esteem.
  • Self-confidence is how you feel about yourself in a situation, while self-esteem is how you feel about you.
    • A statement of negative self-confidence expresses doubt that you can perform, though this can come from low self-esteem, it’s less about self-judgment and more about the assignment just being ‘too’ hard for them.
    • Don’t be hard on yourself, you ARE smart enough, no matter your age or circumstance. You are the only person that can control how well you do, and that’s based on how you feel.
    • Positive statements coming from self-confidence come from being secure about your performance. The only way to know you did well is if you studied well. So, what’s the next step?


  •  Take better notes! You’re taking them for a reason, why not take amazing notes?
    The structure is important.
    • And I don’t mean with the best paper, or pencil or handwriting.
    • When taking notes, most of the time it will help you pay attention to what’s going on. It’s harder to stare out the window or think about tonight’s four loads of laundry while you’re scanning the instructor’s words for important things to write down and read later.
    • It will keep you awake! It will, I promise, I have had trouble in the past with falling asleep in class, even here at the college in Trig.
    • There will be less than you have to remember later, those notes will become a treasure trove of information when you’re at home later that night trying to remember what they had said.
    • And of course, the structure is important, scribbles won’t help you when you can’t read them!
    • Here’s a basic outline of note structure that keeps information straight forward. Each main idea is easy to differentiate from its details, and there’s even a spot for the detail’s own details
  • Start good habits, It’s now or it’s too late!
    • If you’re taking more than 12 units, you must start living for school. Every meal will be dictated by your class schedule, as well as in between when you are studying.
    • Start studying way before the exam! The best way to avoid cramming studies in even a few days ahead is to study all semester!
    • More tips about reading the textbook further in the slideshow
    • Don’t caffeinate yourself, it won’t help you study, you’ll feel really cruddy an hour or two later and really won’t want to study, maybe you’ve experienced this.
    • Get enough sleep, usually, people recommend six to eight, I recommend eight to ten!
    • This is because it works best for me, you may already have a system that works for you. I have the problem of staying up way too late (like 4 some nights) just to wake up feeling awful at 8
    • Set time aside in the evening to do the relaxing things you would normally do in the day like Facebook, videogames, blog, whatever.
    • Make a study schedule- this one is my husbands, and look at each day, these are when he’s in class, he tries to spend each of these grey blocks studying if not eating or doing other important things
    • The website that I think works great for this is in the resource section of your handouts, free easy check it out.


  • We’ve talked about organizing yourself, and your time, now let’s organize your stuff.
    Use post-its in your textbook!
    • Have two notebooks, one you use in class while the lecture is happening, and another that you use while reading through the text. You’ll be reading actively, while also retaining information by learning it at least twice.
    • Pencils! If you’re like me you lose pencils faster than you can replace them, just keep a box full of them in your bag and you’ll be prepared. Also, you’ll make friends by being that person with the pencils when they need it.
    • Post it notes may be overrated, but once you start using them you’ll really appreciate their powers. You can jot down notes in your textbook, without marking it up- so you can still sell the book later in good condition.
    • Using tabs keeps chapters separate and also helps you visualize how many more pages you have until the next chapter, so you don’t go crazy.
  • How and where should you read your course material?
    • You’ve heard it before, choose somewhere quiet! The living room with the family and the TV are not ideal.
    • Always read the textbook. If you haven’t learned this lesson yet, take it from me.
    • If you highlight, you will highlight everything! Same with underlining, use post-it notes to point out passages you like, also keeps the value of the book so you can sell it.
    • Read as many times as it takes to make sure you really know what the books saying, if you aren’t getting it, ask a friend, the instructor or a tutor.


  • Let’s get creative!
    Make a Study Schedule each week
    • Essentially the most important part of studying is making it work for you, and you do that by customizing methods.
  • If something hasn’t worked in the past, it probably wont in the future.
    • Record lectures, make sure the instructor consents! This is great for taking home or library later
    • pneumonic devises like PEMDAS (parenthesis, exponents, x, /, -, +)
    • Listen to instrumental or classical music to shush wondering thoughts

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