Make Your Study Time Count
We know we should do it.
We know it's expected.
We plan for it.
How much should I study?
It is recommended that all college students expect to spend 2-3 hours per week studying
per credit hour.
English Composition I (ENGL 1113) is a 3 hour course. A student could expect to study 6-9 hours per week for this course.
Study Hacks to Make Your Study Time Count
1. Approach your study time in a positive way
If you view it negatively or dread sitting down to study, it will not be as productive as it could be. If you begin studying and find you need assistance, get some help! It's OK. That's part of the learning process to read and learn and get help when the content isn't as clear as it should be. You can get help from your professor or from the OCCC Learning Labs.
2. Remove distractions
What are the things that fight for your attention? Your children, spouse/partner, household chores, TV, music, email, boss, or phone? Whatever your distraction, try to find a place where you can study without them. The belief that one must study in a completely quiet environment is not widely held any longer. Some like noisy busy places. Others prefer soft noises in the background. Still others desire the peace and quiet. OCCC has some great places to study based on the environment that is best for you.
3. Be prepared to study
Take care of your physical needs before you begin. If you find yourself wanting a snack, prepare one and have it within reach as you work. Have everything you need to work. Pens, pencils, calculator, textbook, notes, etc. Time will be wasted searching for those items if you don't have them available to you.
4. Be organized
There is an old saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.". This saying means that if you put a little effort into organizing your notes and materials at the beginning of the semester (or as the need arises), it will save you time as you work.
5. Rewrite or summarize your notes
Whether you choose to use Cornell Notes or another type of note taking strategy, rewriting notes can be very effective in helping the notes you have taken make their way to your memory. You may choose as you rewrite them to organize them differently or highlight sections of them as you work and learn. Reading your notes aloud to yourself or someone else can also be useful in memorization of material.
6. Practice, practice, practice
Be patient as you learn. It takes time. It takes practice. Flashcards are a helpful strategy to use as you study. StudyBlue is a free site the features many free decks of flashcards. You can use the site to collaborate with your classmates as you build your flashcards. Flash cards allow you to quiz yourself to test what you really know. Don't fall victim to feeling comfortable as you read your notes repeatedly. You can be comfortable with the process of reading the notes, but that doesn't mean you know the material.
7. Study alone or with others, just study
Some of your classmates might be organizing a study group to prepare for an exam. Think about how you study best. Do study groups support your learning style?
If study groups are a match of your learning preferences, it can be very helpful to recite the content to each other. It can also be useful for one group member to ask questions related to the content of others in the group.