Places to study

  • Cove—booth, couches
  • Mall
  • Library—alcoves, study rooms, couches on 1st floor, large tables on 2nd floor, media room on 2nd floor
  • CAS office lounge on 3rd Cullen
  • Alumni Office Lounge on 2nd Cullen
  • Bishops Lounge
  • The classroom of the class/exam
  • Coffee shops: Down the Alley Bistro, Starbucks
  • Restaurants: IHOP (24 hr),
  • Dorm or apartment
  • Bathtub
  • Blanket tent with a booklight
  • Gym
  • Park 

Ways to Study

  • Reread highlighted/underlined material
  • Type chapter notes: main ideas, keywords, summary
  • Highlight notes
  • Create a hierarchical study guide of text/class notes
  • Speak out loud
  • Teach someone else or the wall
  • Memorize “chunks”
  • Outline essay topics before in-class essay exam—don’t just assume you can throw together an essay in class, especially if you have the topics beforehand
  • Underwater/at the pool—put notes or study guide in a large Ziploc bag
  • While chewing grape-flavored gum—chew it again when taking the exam
  • Record and listen to lecture—ask professor first if it’s ok
  • Tape record your own notes—but remember, just listening won’t make you learn. You must actively listen, repeat, and memorize
  • In the car at the park
  • Sticky notes in common places
  • Doodling while study
  • Notecards
  • Bounce a ball
  • Redraw graphs and charts
  • While walking
  • While hydrating—your brain is mainly water and needs it to function optimally
  • Question-Answer format
  • Mnemonics—but make sure you remember what they stand for!
  • Write a song with the material
  • Associate concepts with examples from your own life
  • Read faster—it engages you more and does allow your mind to stray as much; makes you stay focused.