Meredith Students Share Study Tips for Success

Want the inside scoop on Meredith College? Hear it from our students. Meredith’s Office of Admissions asked a group of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to share some advice that they believe would benefit an incoming freshman.

This week, we asked students a series of questions about academics at Meredith. Today’s question is: What study tips can you share with incoming freshmen?

•“Studying in college is different than studying in high school. You have to find out what works best for you. For example, if you want complete silence, there is a quiet study floor in the library that is great for studying. There are also group study rooms if you like to study with other people. Remember, it's all about what works best for you!” –Brittany Murray, ’13

•“Don't leave things to the last minute - try and plan things out a bit, just to get the feel of a heavier workload.” – Kristen Gallagher, ’13

•“If you don’t understand, ask your professor for help or go to Learning Center.” – Upama Karki, ’14

•“Using the hour or two breaks I had in between classes to study was an efficient way to get all of my work done and balance both academics and athletics.” – Megan Amanatides, ’15

•“Study for your tests. No matter if you think you are ready or that you don’t need to study, study more. Studying more can’t hurt.”—Elizabeth Oates, ’13

•“Try to do your homework the night you get it. If you have the homework done then you don’t have to stress the night before. If something comes up you’re covered!”—Hannah Thornton, ’14

•“Find out what works for you; just because making note cards works for someone else...reading notes or the material several times might work for you.”—Mary Rawls, ’13

• “Don’t wait till the last minute! You will hear it over and over and over again but it is so true. If you cram at this level it will show in your grades.”—Angel Jackson, ’13

•“Definitely pay attention and take notes in class. There are a lot of readings in college, and it’s easy to get behind. I’d advise to read the assigned readings in a timely manner. After a few weeks of class, you begin to realize what you can balance, and what is most important to certain professors. Just keeping on top of your work is a big indicator for success in college.”—Chloë Williams, ’13

•“Don’t procrastinate! If you know you have a busy week coming up, start early. The worst thing you could do is wait until the last minute. Your grades will reflect your dedication.” –Shelby Wilson, ’14

•“Find the place that you can get in the zone and study. Whether it is in your room, the parlor, the Meredith library, another library, or even a friend’s apartment. I know when I can’t focus and have something important that needs to get done I call my friend, and go sit at her kitchen table and do homework. Once you are in the zone, it’s so much easier to accomplish a lot.”—Sara Owens, ’15

•“Do homework assignments, even if they are ungraded. It is assigned for extra practice and I strongly advise doing it. Not only is doing the homework a good way to practice, but redoing those practice problems is a great way to study for exams. I have learned that several teachers like to use homework problems on tests and quizzes.” –Amanda Hall, ’15

•“Find a place that you can study really well. That might be the library or the amphitheater or a study lounge in one of the buildings.” – Rebecca Jernigan, ’13

•“Sleeping is the best thing you can do when you have a big test the next day. Staying up late to study does more harm than good because as you sleep your brain will have a better chance to store what you have studied. Don’t wait to the last minute to study either. Mark your test date on your calendar and start studying a good 2-3 weeks ahead.” –Christina Barnhart, ’15

•“Question yourself constantly. Ask yourself, why did I just choose this answer? How did I get this answer? Why do I think this answer choice is the right one as opposed to the others? By questioning your reasoning—you will gain confidence in your answers and be able to justify your answers—which not only demonstrates that you understand the material but that you are on the verge of mastering what you have learned and are truly taking a lot away from this course.” –Pooja Ghai, ’13

•“Forming a study group keeps you accountable and forces you to spend time studying even when you wouldn't otherwise. Having study sessions also allots a planned time for studying. Make a study guide with information specific to your needs. Put only the information that you need to study on a personal study guide; why study information that you already know. Flashcards and interactive/visual guides are really helpful for studying. They are also portable; stow them in your purse and study on the go.” —Christa Allen, ’15

Next question: How did you choose your major?

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