For this installment of our summer advice series for incoming freshmen, Meredith students share their study tips.
“Find a spot where you can focus. There are so many places where students can go on campus to do homework or study. I’ve studied in the dining hall, classrooms, and the library. Students can reserve rooms in the library for study groups if that’s helpful. Finding a place to study is important so you can make sure you are able to focus and succeed academically. —Kaitlin Toxey, ’18, a Psychology and Communication major from Raleigh, N.C.
“Adjust your schedule around when you are the most productive and creative. Different schedules work for different people. Be organized and balance your time between your studies, family/friends, and work". —Helina Biru, ’18, an Interior Design major from Ethiopia.
“Use your time wisely and do not procrastinate. Have a planner and use it.” – Mary Kolisnichenko, ’19, a Mathematics and Economics major from Luhansk, Ukraine.
"Freshman year is all about figuring out what works best for you. Learn your study habits and don’t lose sight of your goals". —Alli Barrow, ’20, a Business Administration major from Goldsboro, N.C.
“Start the day that you receive your material, make flashcards, relate the material to real life activities, and make sure to give yourself breaks.” – Yessy Anorve-Basoria, ’19, a Communication major from Apex, N.C.
“Start studying for a big exam three days prior to test day. The first day gives you the chance to get the material fresh in your mind. The second day is for thoroughly examining the material. Finally, the day before the exam should not be a cram session. You should review until you’re confident and get a good night’s rest.” – Blake Elmore, ’18, a Business Administration and Fashion Merchandising major from Lexington, N.C.
“Find the way that really works for you. Don’t make flash cards just because everyone else uses them. If they don’t help you learn, try something new. Read your notes out loud, try practice problems on a large board in front of a friend (my personal favorite), or make creative references for the information. It might sound strange, but try it!” ––Jessica Bunn,’19, a Chemistry and Biology major from Wilson, N.C.
“Use time wisely and do not procrastinate. Contact your professor if you are having trouble, and take advantage of The Learning Center in the library.” –Kayla Satterwhite, ’20, a Psychology major from Oxford, N.C.
“From personal experience, I would say to always visit professors during office hours if you don’t understand something. You will be so grateful you did. Secondly, your study techniques from high school may not work as well in college. It may take a while to get the hang of it, but don’t worry! Lastly, study in advance rather than the night before. You may only have two tests all semester so you want to make sure you prepare the best you can.” —Katelyn Steadman, ’19, a Biology major from Randleman, N.C.
“Fnd study buddies. When you have a study group, notes can be shared, questions can be answered, and everyone can feel less stressed. Do not wait until the last minute to study. I like to rewrite or type my notes each night after I come back from class. This way, I study a little bit each night, and I’m not stressing the night of the exam." —Kristin Bradsher, ’20, an English major from Apex, N.C.
“Meet with your professors. They’re more than willing to help you better understand the material, and their enthusiasm for the subject area always motivates me to learn more about it.” —Belle Williams, ’19, a Spanish and International Studies major who is also earning K-12 licensure from Sanford, N.C.
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