What Does Study Mean in College?

Unfortunately, many students don’t know what it means to “study” in college.  Studying is essential to getting good grades.  This list provides key components necessary to learn college level material.

1.       Attend every class and listen actively.  Take hand written notes during lectures.

2.       Read all text assignments.  Reading out loud causes you to focus and read slowly.  It also allows you to hear the material. Be aware of what to do before, during, and after reading.

3.       Create notes using a note taking system such as Cornell notes.

4.       Manipulate your lecture notes as soon after class as possible. This means putting them on note cards, creating a mind map, changing the format (for example create an outline), creating charts and graphs, drawing sketches -- anything that causes you to think about them.

5.       Set up a study schedule that includes at least 2 hours of studying for every hour that you spend in class. This may vary depending on the course and your study habits, so determine what is right for you.

6.       Use study strategies to improve learning.  Attend Virtual Learning Center workshop sessions or arrange for Personal Strategy Sessions with the VLC.

7.       Use the labs on campus to help you.

8.       Quiz yourself on your lecture notes, book notes, class handouts etc.  on a regular basis.

9.       Self-test regularly to determine what you DO and what you DON’T know.  Do this well in advance of the test so that you have time to continue studying.  Create your own tests using a format like the one used on the actual test.  Repeat the self-test until you are confident you know the material.

10.   Form study groups.  Compare notes, create test questions and answers, and quiz each other.

11.   Always DO THE HOMEWORK.

12.   Work on projects and papers starting as soon as they are assigned.  Work a little at a time until the project/paper is completed ahead of the due date.

13.   Teach someone else what you know!


We're Here to Help You! 

The VLC has multiple resources and opportunities available to provide assistance to you. 

  • Study Hacks - Do you wish that someone could help you look at things and see how you could spend your time more efficiently and get better results?  Contact the VLC to schedule a time that works best with you! During that time you'll visit with a team member who can help you see if you might be able to spend less time and still improve your grade!
  • Tech Support -Do you have the tech blues?  Contact the VLC for some help. 
  • Note Taking - Is taking notes in class hard for you?  Do you wish you could capture all that is being said in class in a way that makes sense when you get home to study?  Check out Cornell notes! Come to a session or come in and visit with a team member to get started. 
  • Test Anxiety - Do taking tests stress you out?  Do the questions seem tricky and hard to understand? We have some resources available to help you!
  • Reading a College Textbook - How to plow through the material and make sense of it all.
  • Organizing Strategies to De-Stress Your Days

Want Additional Information?

The VLC has multiple resources and opportunities available to provide assistance to you.  Virtual Learing Center

Schedule a time today for your personal session.  

In person: The VLC is located inside the Center for Learning & Teaching

                SEM 2G3 (Across from the Math Lab)

Email:  vlc@occc.edu

Phone:  (405) 682-7838