College is a unique experience for all, and sometimes it can be a difficult transitioning into your classes and work load. Science classes can be especially difficult, so I have made an easy guide to help you study and succeed in your courses.
Step One: Read the Textbook
This step is easier said than done. Teachers assign textbooks reading more often than we would like, but I promise you that reading these chapters WILL help your exam grade raise. It can be extremely boring, trust me I know, but there can be ways you can make your reading more efficient. One way is to take breaks. For example, after every few pages, take a 5 minute break. Or you can choose to break it up by reading one half during your lunch break, and the other half during the afternoon. A lot of college science exams are based off of the textbook, so although they may be boring, they could very well help you on your exams.
Step Two: Make Flashcards
For some, continuous reading of the textbook may not be helpful enough, so another option is flashcards! Flashcards are an easy way to help reinforce the information you have learned. For some, actual paper flashcards may be the key, but for those that hate writing, other options, such as electronic flashcards are available. There are a variety of apps, such as Quizlet that make studying so easy because all the information you need is within your phone. This way, whether your brushing your teeth, or eating dinner, you can quickly run through your flashcards to help you remember the information more.
Step Three: Group Studying
Some students have trouble remaining focused on their own, so for them, group studying may be really efficient. It is easier if you ask a few of your classmates to spend some time reviewing the notes as a group, this way you can bounce ideas back and forth from each other. You can also ask each other questions to clarify any confusion you may have with the topic.
Step Four: Tutoring
Many universities offer free tutors for students, so if you are having trouble, ask your professor, and they can direct you to the proper tutors. Even if you are not having any trouble with the course material, visiting a tutor won’t hurt. Tutors have usually taken the class previously, so they may have some tips on how to do well in the course. If you do not like having group study sessions with your classmates, a tutor may be the right fit for you.
Step Five: Office Hours
Professors provide office hours, where you can visit them and ask them questions. Your professors want you to do well on their exams, so if you have any questions, it is best you go talk to them. Although it may be scary, it will help, so give it a try!
Step 6: Review Your Class Notes
As silly as it seems, some students write notes in class, but forget to review them after. It is important to review these notes because sometimes professors may include things in class, that are not mentioned in the textbooks or the readings. Actively listen in class and take thorough notes to make passing the exam much easier.
Science courses can be difficult, but it’s important to not let that discourage you from learning to the best of your ability. Work hard, and study hard, and in the end it will pay off!
Best of Luck!