As I make my transition from high school to college, I’ve realized that managing time and actually taking the time to study and look over notes makes a difference.
Like most of you, I rarely studied in high school, but still managed to get good grades just from attending class and learning that way. Now that the classes in college have become a lot more detailed, I’ve had to adjust from rarely studying to taking time out of my day to sit down and review my notes.
According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (2011), the average college student studies for approximately 15 hours per week. That’s just over 2 hours of study time per day, including weekends.
I never really thought looking over the notes I took in class or re-reading my textbook would make a difference, but as I’ve begun to do that, I’ve found that actually understanding the course itself has become a lot easier.
It can become difficult to learn how to study, since everyone does it their own unique way, but I’ve found that by simply reviewing notes could help drastically. When it comes time to take a quiz or exam, having the notes readily available will make the time you’re using to study become a lot more substantive. After all, I don’t think anyone enjoys cramming last minute information in hopes of actually learning something.