Learning is a social activity, and belonging to an effective study group can help you master the material from your courses. The key though, is to belong to an effective study group - one that focuses on the material and not on socializing. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of working with your peers.
Putting together an effective study group
Ideas for study group activities
In order to truly know and understand the material your are studying, you need to incorporate active study strategies. Reading and re-reading your textbook isn't an effective strategy. Reading on its own is too passive; you need to really work with the material. That's why note taking can be a very successful study strategy. However, you need to take good notes.
This website from California Polytechnic State University gives good overview of some popular note taking strategies, such as Cornell notes, or mapping.
Visual Note taking is an excellent study strategy. Check out this great video tutorial on visual note taking for inspiration:
It's December...so that means final exams are just around the corner. Time to start thinking about study prep! Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting tips and tricks to help you make the most of your study prep. Today's tip: FLASHCARDS!
Research shows that flashcards really are an effective learning strategy. But in the 21st century, you don't have to restrict yourself to using index cards to make your own. Check out this article, which reviews 3 top flashcard apps for iPhone and Android
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