Study Skills for Every. Body. (And… Brain!)

Published on: September 1, 2023

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Study Skills for Every. Body. (And… Brain!) ?

So, school is in session and it is time to STUDY! Eeek! ?

First, don’t panic. Remember, academic learning is like any skill or sport: it requires active, frequent practice in ways that work for you and it can improve!

? Here are Four Tips that May Help:

1. Know What You Are Doing WHEN

  • Research shows keeping it simple and writing it down (or typing) helps:
  • Go through every syllabi! Write or type out dates: weekly/monthly/semester.
    • White board
    • Outlook/Google Calendar
    • Planners
    • Planning apps (see Resources)

2. Information IN

  • Determine how you learn BEST:
    • Hearing it? Seeing It? Hands on?
    • The truth: you need ALL THREE
      • Take even limited notes in class for eyes/hands
      • Re-listen to recorded lectures
      • Get your hands on it!
        • Use note cards to flip through
        • Draw pictures or diagrams
        • Practice hands on skills on your own
  • Attend class as much as you can. Really.
    • Learning happens in small ways that isn’t just about course content
    • Even passive-learning is OK on “off’ days just by being there
    • Allows for “real time” questions.
  • Engage in ACTIVE Learning
    • Cornell has a great resource for this!

3. Outside of Class/Study TIME. Find YOUR  jam.

  • Do you need other people around or total silence?
    • Try both! People studying around you can help! (It’s called “body doubling”).
    • Avoid areas where you sleep
    • Turn OFF phones or apps when you really need to focus
  • Headphones? Yes or No?
    • Noise cancelling or ear plugs for NO noise
    • Check out White, Brown or Pink Noise
    • Music?
      • With or without lyrics for studying? Try both!

4. Making it STICK

  • Active learning
  • QUIZZING yourself is one of the best ways to learn and re-learn
  • Take advantage of tutoring or group studying
  • Learn it and review it again before a test or quiz
  • Don’t cram. Really.
    • Small bits of info with less minutes over more days is BETTER than more minutes all in one chunk.


Resources that Help!


For more information, contact:

Melissa Fletcher
Director, Educational Access and Disability Resources

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