Streamline your studying

Effective strategies to help you learn best

Illustration by Evan Brien

Illustration by Evan Brien

Hitting bumps while studying is never fun. From the SAIT library to the Lamb Learner Success Centre, help is within reach.

If you’ve come to realize that your way of studying is not doing you any justice, you may want to look for a new approach to the problem and find out what method of studying works best for you.

In the Lamb Learner Success Centre, located in MB221 in the Stan Grad building, you are able to book an appointment with an academic coach who will sit down to look at your current strategies and explain why you may be struggling.

After a student has seen an academic counsellor, they will then build a plan for the student.

Everyone learns differently. According to Learning Styles Online, a website that provides tests and information on all learning styles, people can be auditory, visual, logical, physical, social or solitary. 

According to the website, auditory learners absorb information the best by listening to an instructor. Visual learners are better suited to learning with pictures, charts or graphs. Logical learners’ minds work best with equations. Physical learners learn best with hands-on activities. Social learners learn better in groups and through interactive activities. Finally, solitary learners do better on their own than in groups, making solitary studying an ideal option.

Based on which type of learner a student is classified as, there are multiple useful studying techniques.

Academic coaches can show students effective memory strategies, as well as review the students’ notes and lectures.

As final exams are fast approaching, students should do whatever they can to change their studying habits if they are struggling in a course.

Strategies for studying: 

  • Make flash cards.
  • Go over your notes and ask yourself questions to see if you have retained the information.
  • Make use of different symbols, abbreviations or highlighters when note-taking to help break down material so it is easier to understand.
  • Re-write notes and re-do class problems when studying to help re-enforce what you already know.
  • Study a few nights in advance. Don’t study too far in advance, as some information will be forgotten, but also not too close to the exam so you can avoid pulling an all-nighter.
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