Source: 12 mental benefits of exercise.
Study like Spencer Hastings:
- Research: Read books, read journals, search online articles and publications, etc, perform field studies, question everything.
- Study with friends: Quiz your friends, tutor courses you’re good at, work in groups and help each other with assignments.
- Stay organized: File your papers, color-code, organized chaos always.
- Friendly competition: Motivate yourself, join competitions, try not to fight with your sister, remember to encourage and respect your peers.
- Get involved: Sports, debate, language, school productions, writing etc. Participate in anything that showcases your skills and talent.
- Ask for help: Talk to your teachers/profs, get to know your school services, and you can always make an appointment with a local psychologist (before things spiral out of hand..)
- Don’t speed. Just don’t do it
- Stay interested and explore your options: Attend campus tours or events, volunteer, stay connected to peers from different areas, network, apply to more than one option (be it schools, scholarships etc.)
- Caffeinate, but remember to hydrate. Coffee, coffee, redbull, coffee, tea, coffee, sometimes water.
- Sleep: what is sleep?
Some people don’t know what “studying” means or don’t know how to study because there’s not really a precise definition. Here’s a general overview of how to study which will help you get those grades in class!
1. Take good notes from class. Even if you don’t “feel the need” to write anything down, at least write down the outline of what you’re learning in class. That way, studying will be way easier. Studying is basically reading your notes and understanding information.
2. Read the textbook chapters and pages assigned to you by your professor. Make sure you get a really good idea of what you’re learning.
3. If there is math or science involved, make sure you work through practice problems until you memorize and understand how the process of the problem solving works.
4. Make sure you understand the textbook chapters and things learned in class FULLY. Ask your teachers/friends any question you may have.
Some helpful links I found, and they all open in a new page!!
Assignment Calculator // helps break down your assignment into steps!!
1. It’s official name and how it’s spelled.
You don’t want to mess that up on rec envelopes or on your supplement essay. For example, it’s William & Mary, not William and Mary.
And yes, there’s a difference. Don’t be that kid who spells Wesleyan Weslyan.
2. How many students attend?
What are you getting into? Is this a massive metropolis, or a tiny village smaller than your high school? This is important, so think about it.
3. What are its colors, and what is its mascot?
Also if it matters to you, what sports are big?
You’re going to be wearing a lot of their colors, so make sure you know those little details as well as the bigger stats.
4. What are the core requirements like?
Tutorial: how to make organized notes.
- Read the objectives of the lecture. If there aren’t any, flip through the lecture slides and make an outline. This puts into perspective what you need to be learning and what you should get out of this lecture.
- Skim the book to get familiar with how the information is divided compared to your outline or objectives. While doing this, you’ll figure out whether or not you need the extra details from the book. Sometimes the lecture is enough and you could keep the textbook just as a reference to things you don’t get.
- Write down the first objective and flip to the page in the book that has the information pertaining to that objective. Read the lecture slide then refer to the book for details.
- Combine your lecture notes with the textbook information. Do this by rewriting the information in your own words and try to be as concise as possible.
- Keep doing this for every objective. Paste things if it helps.
- Make sure that you’re not just copying information. Use visual aids as much as possible. Put the information in a table, flowchart, diagram, etc.. (refer to this post to see how I make my flowcharts).
- When you’re done with all your objectives, go through the lecture and your notes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
General tips on how to keep them organized:
- Be systemic. Making objective-oriented notes is one way to do that.
- Use two (or more colors). Color-coding information helps me remember it + it doesn’t look that bad.
- Section your objectives according to the topic. Then make sure that when you’re writing out the information, it’s in a sequence that’s understandable.
Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making my notes since I started med school. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.
Hope this helps and as always, happy studying :)