“Don’t Try to Boil the Ocean”
Trying to memorize all the reading material at once won’t do you any good. It will be too much information for you to remember on test day. Tackle the material a little bit at a time. Work on chunks of the reading, making sure you get all the main points before moving on. Our self-paced Comprehensive Learning Modules™ allow you to work as quickly as you like!
Find a Style That Works for You
Just like everyone’s interests are different, so are their study habits. Are you better studying throughout the day in little bursts? Do you retain the information better when you study at a certain time of the day? Can you listen to music or do you need silence? Is it better for you to read online or do you prefer to print out the materials? These questions can help you put together a study system that works for you.
You might be tempted to study and do something else at the same time, but when it comes to your studies, it is important that you retain the information. Limiting distractions while you read or do assignments will help you get the most out of your study time.
Find a Way to Relate to the Material
Find a way to relate to the material so you won’t have trouble remembering and applying it later. As you read through the main points, link the ideas to something you understand. Maybe writing out the definitions or creating mnemonic devices are methods that work best for you. If you have to memorize a list or a step by step process, make it into a story or a song, so you can easily remember.
Remember, Every Little Bit Counts
Adult learners don’t have a lot of time on their hands, but don’t let that discourage you from studying. Even if you have only ten minutes, that is enough to review some chapter material or catch up on some reading. Find time at lunch, on the bus, or waiting in line to go over information. Every little moment of learning counts in the long run!
Don’t Get Discouraged
You didn’t get the exam score you wanted. You can’t find time to memorize definitions. These roadblocks are not reasons to give up. The more you believe in yourself, the faster you’ll get right back into your study schedule to do better next time! And remember, the Academic Support department is here to help.
Find a Buddy and Keep Each Other Motivated
The discussion boards are the perfect avenue to meet other adult learners. Having a buddy gives you someone to talk to if you get frustrated or need help staying motivated. A study buddy can give a fresh perspective on the ideas presented.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
The College Network® has a team of advisors to help if you get stuck during your studies. We are accessible by phone, email and live chat, so you never have to feel alone during your educational journey.
Make a Study Area
The area where you study should be a comfortable, but quiet place. It can be your bedroom, a corner of the library, or even a favorite coffee shop. Make sure there is plenty of light in your study area. If you make a comfortable and productive environment for yourself to study, you’ll be able to get more work done.
Remember to relax and believe in yourself!