College Students: Don’t Let an Overwhelming Class Get the Better of You

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Textbooks.org releases its top studying tips to help college students get the most out of their textbooks.

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It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but read the book’s introduction.

In the course of a busy semester, it’s unlikely a student will be able to devour every word in a dense textbook.

So, to conquer anxiety about getting through 500 pages of that biology or economics book, an industry expert lends his study tips. As founder of Textbooks.org, a site that searches the best prices on course books, Steven Kennedy says students should have some basic study routines with nearly every text.

“It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but read the book’s introduction,” Kennedy said. “Reading it a few times establishes a visual summary of the material. This is especially important if students know they don’t have time to review the entire book.”

To help during a fast-paced semester, Textbooks.org offers some tried-and-tested methods to get the most from studying a text:

1.)    Don’t pick up that highlighter just yet! Sometimes reading a chapter without taking notes is better for retention. This makes jotting down information much easier on the second read.

2.)    Don’t reinvent the wheel. The point of taking notes is not to re-write what’s already in the book. Write just the main argument of the chapter, or section within a chapter, in about two sentences.

3.)    Then, create bullet-point lists of key facts.

4.)    After each chapter, read aloud no more than three times what you’ve written.

5.)    Concentration often wanes after an hour of doing anything, so makes sure to take a 15-minute study break (consider walking or other physical activity) after 60-minutes of review.

Repetition doesn’t lead to retention, especially the night before an exam. Students should begin creating a study plan at the start of the semester, reviewing material each day for 20 minutes. This will make marathon study sessions closer to an exam less painful. Also try reviewing study guides in the early morning, as researchers say retention is best for most people during those hours of the day. While your friends and colleagues are scrambling to re-read material the night before, you may actually get a good night’s sleep. Ah, sleep… another key to success for just about anything.

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