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Studying Advice: By Students, For Students

By Mike Boni

Studying: For some students, it involves reading; for others, flashcards.

But for the majority of those who are concerned about their grades, it involves stress.

How can you absorb all of the information that is needed to pass a class? We asked that question of a sampling of Chemeketa students, who told us how they bypass cramming and what they do to be successful studiers.

Here are some samples:

I listen to the professor or have my book open and make an outline. I then highlight each section, title, and date my notes each class day. Either have a separate notebook for each class or one three-subject or a five-subject notebook to help keep you organized. It is also a good idea to rewrite your notes for memorization for an upcoming exam. I also use – Kristy Brown, transfer student

I annotate as I listen in class. I highlight and use the margins for notes. – Robin Parkins, substance counselor major

Paraphrase in your own words, especially for an exam, and make notes related to the topic. For example, if the teacher says McDonald’s, add what you know about it and also one key idea from that discussion. – Paweeha Pruklang, persuasive speaking major

What are your studying habits? How do you take notes in class? Share your tips and we’ll pass them on.

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