2016-2017 Student Handbook

General Strategies for Studying

  • Do not miss class. Listen during lectures and participate in discussions.
  • Active participation will help you retain what you are learning.
  • Budget your time effectively. An hour or two each day is more effective, and far less painful, than studying all night before exams.
  • If a concept gives you trouble, do additional reading or problem solving beyond what has been assigned. If you still have trouble, ask for help; you can find friends, classmates, tutors, or teachers who will be glad to help you.
  • Working together with friends can be valuable in helping you solve difficult problems. However, be sure that you learn with your friends and do not become dependent on them.
  • When studying your text don’t highlight — underline! Using a pen or pencil to underline material requires greater care and therefore helps to keep you alert as you study.