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Study skills tips, continued

  1. Set aside a fixed time and space to study. Have your study space be free from distraction and noise. Studying at the same time daily helps your studying behavior become habitual and easier to accomplish.
  2. Study in short sessions. Studying in shorter sessions rather than one long marathon session can help you retain information. One idea is to study in four 2-hour sessions rather than one 8-hour session. This allows your brain to store the information more effectively.
  3. Establish a study group with classmates. Set frequent times to meet and share class notes, study for exams, work on projects, and discuss class readings.
  4. Use mnemonic devices to help you recall information. One example of a mnemonic device is an acronym created from the first letters of a series of words such as “HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior” This is an easy way to remember the five Great Lakes. You can make up your own acronyms to recall a series of facts when you are studying.