Hi friends! Happy Spring Semester! Happy 2019! Can you believe midterm season is upon us already? Today, I’m talking about how my study habits have changed since I started at UF. If you know me, you know that I was the flashcard queen in high school. My study methods are still the same in college, for the most part. So, here’s the rundown:
- Quizlet aka Everyone’s Favorite Study Aid
I started using Quizlet towards the end of my time at Santa Fe College, but this habit carried over to UF, too. During my first semester, I faced many multiple choice exams where knowing the definitions and terms was essential. My second semester was the same way, for the most part. After I changed my major, I took an American history class where I had to know critical points for the essays I wrote during exams. It took some planning before importing to Quizlet, but it worked out well. Quizlet is always my #1 study buddy.
- Studying for Essay Exams
Last fall, I enrolled in a political science class with two written exams throughout the entire semester. It was challenging and forced me to study differently than I did in my American history class. I came out of the course with an A, so whatever I did worked. I found myself writing out the vocabulary study guide information in a Word document and printing that out to read over it about 50 times.
- Note Sheets
This is similar to what I did in my political science class, except I used this strategy for my data literacy class. The class required me to watch lectures and attend class to take quizzes. The lectures contained nitty-gritty details. If you didn’t pay attention during the entire lecture, you without a doubt missed something and your quiz grade reflected that. While watching the lectures, I wrote out my notes. Leading up to class, I rewatched the lectures and typed my notes out for the big exams later in the semester. This method worked well for both exams.
Overall, I would say that these methods work well for me at UF. Of course, everyone is different. But, if you’re a student looking for a new approach, wondering how to study at UF, or want to know about some good ways to study in college, these tips are great!
Study hard! See you next time!