Study Habits/Methods

jEct2

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Academically I need to get myself on track, does anybody have any helpful tips or methods of studying?
I need to create for myself some good study habits that'll be as effective as they are consistant.
 

shortylickens

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Only do 5 hours max. Then take a long break. A good general rule is break for half as long as you study.
Do 4 hours and goof off for 2.
 

meltdown75

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i used to like to study for 45 mins and then take a 10-15 minute breather or listen to some tunes before starting again.

of course, this was always 2-3 hours before the test / exam. :eek:
 

astralusion

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dont' lose sleep just to study if you're tired during you're exam (at least in my experience) you might as well have just not studied...i've heard stuff like adderall can do wonders, but i've never used it myself...also heard ritalin can help some...i personally set little goals then say you know once i've written 4 pages of a 20 pager, or finished a chapter you take some time off...sitting at a desk for 10 hours studying probably won't be very effective...but find a method that you're comfortable with.
 

icejunkie

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Originally posted by: shortylickens
Only do 5 hours max. Then take a long break. A good general rule is break for half as long as you study.
Do 4 hours and goof off for 2.

5 hours?! I never studied for any test longer than 2 hours and that's in the most extreme cases... What's so hard about memorizing some notes in like 45 minutes?
 

xSauronx

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i took shorthand notes during class, or afterwards, and did a once over each day on them.

of course that was in high school and i didnt go to college, so you may want to put effort into it depending on your situation. or not.
 

kpunc

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Originally posted by: jEct2
also some tips on study for SAT's (besides taking expensive classes)

just don't be a fkn moron and you won't have a problem with that
 

astralusion

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eh no experience with the new ones...and i did't study for the old ones either, but i knew a few who did, and they just said taking practice ones was the most important thing, getting comfortable with the question formatting and you can save yourself time if you're used to all the different sections of the tests
 

imported_hscorpio

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If your studying for a class that involves a lot of reading and memorizing (like bio), try reading through the material once then
go back through it and write out the key terms and definitions. For some reason I remember stuff easier if I read it and then write it down. Also sometimes I read out loud the notes I made.

Also it's usually easier to study in the library so you don't have a ton of distractions like the computer or tv, etc.
 

icejunkie

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Originally posted by: jEct2
also some tips on study for SAT's (besides taking expensive classes)

Find out what you're good at and focus on it. Being as it is based intensively on how well you do in a short amount of time, you would want to focus on the sections you feel most comfortable with.

For example, if you suck at analogies, do the first 3 max and move on to the reading comprehension part, etc... That way you won't be penalized for errors (since you didn't answer) and you'll have more time to focus on the areas you excel at :)