When was the last time you caught yourself having a good time while studying? Trick question? Actually, it’s not. When it comes to studying, a lot of students seem to automatically imagine a big drafty room with books piled to the ceiling and their eyes drowning in a sea of words. I don’t know who came up with this, but for much too long, studying has been associated with boredom and pain. It doesn’t have to be that way. Not anymore. And I’m going to show you how.
Tip #1: Play Teacher
When I was a college freshman, I took a general chemistry course. It had a reputation for being an exceedingly difficult class and a lot of students had trouble keeping up. Probably because they freaked themselves into thinking that they had to memorize the entire book by the entire semester to get an A. There’s a better way and it’s by pretending you’re the teacher. Read a couple of pages in your text. Then take a sheet of paper and pretend you’re the instructor. Pick the most important lessons from those pages that you read. Write them down. How would you explain it to a room full of freshmen? It’s a fun challenge to take on, especially if you think that you could do a better job explaining the material. The more often you “play teacher”, the better you’ll understand what you’re reading. If you’re especially up to challenge, try to teach a friend that’s not in your class the material. If they get it as well as you do, then you’re doing an amazing job! Hey, it worked for me and it helped me get an A in my class!
Tip #2: Draw, Draw, Draw!
Of course My Kind Of College is going to suggest that you draw! Look at us, we’re covered in illustrations! Drawings, cartoons, and doodles are not only a fantastic way to release your creative juices, but they can help you to learn new material. Create charts, diagrams, and maps to help explain the material you just read. Use markers, crayons, gel pens, whatever you have on hand and make it interesting. Best of all, you’ll have a fantastic piece of work to later hang on your wall!
Tip #3: Use Your iPod
The iPod is for so much more than just listening to music. Did you know that you can download lectures, podcasts, and educational movies onto it!? It’s amazing and a great tool to use to help you understand difficult material. Check out iTuneU! Most of the material on there is FREE and FREE just happens to be one of the best words in the English language!