College education of any sort requires extensive reading, writing, and studying. A barrage of papers and exams will quickly follow a moment of freedom or leisure. A college workload can be overwhelming. The best way to remedy the anxiety and stress caused by your classes is finding a proper way to retain information.
Here are seven tips to help you retain information:
1. Don't wait until the last minute
Plan out your study sessions in advance. Cover different topics every day. It will help you relax and focus on minute details, rather than skipping the little things to focus on the big ones. If you study separate sections leading up to the exam, the pressure will be alleviated. You will be able to take breaks, stop studying for the day, and enter the review with more confidence and knowledge.
2. Study actively
Make sure you are making mental notes of valuable information when you read. There is not enough time to read every word that gets assigned to you in college. So separate the necessary reading from the fluff and take time to engage and actively read the noteworthy text. It means that you should read aloud, look up words, take time to jot down important points, annotate your book, and ask questions.
3. Don't get stuck on the first point
Stop the film, or refrain from reading, until you've taken time to dissect the information. In a speech, take notes. It will allow you to go back later and revisit the points that intrigued you while still grasping additional information.
4. Choose a major that interests you
Your major should be chosen out of interest rather than financial concerns. If you think you want to be a doctor but hated biology in high school, chances are, you will be miserable in college. Think about it. You are devoting your education, and most likely, your career, to a certain field. If you are genuinely interested in your major, a college workload in that field will be much easier. It's hard to devote hours of studying to a subject that bores you. When you love what you consider, work will be quicker and simpler.
5. Use your best sense
Most people learn best through one of the three sensory receivers: auditory, visual, or kinesthetic. Frequently, students already know their most effective sensory receiver by the time they get to college, but if not, give each a trial run.
6. Study at your best hours
Early morning and late-night studying is a standard tool used by procrastinators, but we all know that sleep deprivation doesn't enhance our memory. Study in the afternoon, or when you are most awake. It will allow you to relax and casually internalize information. When you are rushed and sleep-deprived, everything feels like a chore. Studying doesn't have to feel that way.
7. Teach the information
When you believe you know all of the information on an exam or quiz, try teaching it. Explain it to your roommate, parent, sibling, or even to yourself in the mirror. It's a great way to grasp just how well you know what you will test on it. If you can't explain the information, go back, and revisit the parts you missed.
Being overloaded with new material is very overwhelming, yet increasingly common in college. Staying organized and developing study techniques to help you retain information is key to fostering a successful college career.