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"There is only one way to study because we all learn the same way."
The way your brain best recieves or processes information, or your preferred learning style, will help you to better understnad, organize, and remember. There are three primary learning styles: Visual, Auditory, and Tactile or Kinesthetic.
"I'm not going to get anything out of this class becasue I can't learn from this professor."
Just as there are learning preferences, there are teaching preferences. The way the professor presents information is usually a combination of techniques based on the nature of the content and the faculty member's style of teaching.
"I could study 24 hours a day and still not succeed."
- Maximizing your learning means that you become more efficient and effective in the way you learn.
- -Practice using a variety of study techniques that address more than one learning style.
- -Analyze and Improve your learning envronment.
- -Determine the time of day you study best.
- -Develop a positive attitude for learning.
- -Get the help you need for learning.
"In high school I didn't have to study much, so I won't have to study much in college."
Effective studying is not the same as studying for a long time, though it may take some time to learn new material, probably a lot longer than it took in high school. Be effective when studying, however, requires a number of different strategies, course understanding, and self-knowledge. It also means giveing 100% in all aspects of the course.
"I don't have to read the book; the instrucor will tell us all we need to know."
Reading a magazine isn't like reading a magazine or novel. Usually it is not something you have chosen to read, yet you need to read and comprehend the content. Just don't open the book and begin reading. You need to plan to be efficient.
"Good grades depend on how much time you spend studying."
Once you begin practicing good study strategies, you will discover that you are better prepared for exams. Preparing for an exam will be more about review than learning new material. If you haven't prepared before exam tiem, you should begin as soon as possible. Approaching an exam requires a deliberate plan and a good attitude.
"Any time I'm not in class is my free time."
While not recommended as a regular practice, cramming and all-nighters can be necessary at times. In high school, cramming--as in studying for an exam only on the night before--may have been pretty common, but the volume of material to learn in college is much harder to cover in just one night. Cramming can help you learn fast, but you likely won't retain much after the exam.
"Tests and exams cause test anxiety."
Test anxiety is a common form of anxiety associated with performance on exams. Test-anxious people often know the material, but they don't have a lot of self-confidence in the subject matter or in test taking in general.
"I'll just pull my grade up on the final."
While finals week may seem a long way off, time goes quickly. It is best to begin planning at the beginning of the semester by keepeing organized in each class. Finals take a dedicated focus unlike anything else in the semester.