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Studying Effectively: Student Tips, Part 1

Are you studying well, confident in the material you’re learning and prepared for every test? Or, are you, like many of us, cramming for quizzes and exams, waiting until the night (or morning) before to read all the chapters and articles should have read by now?

We asked some Saint Rose undergraduate students to share what they’ve learned from experience (we’ve heard she’s a great teacher) and some of their tips for studying well. * (And, please stick around for some words of advice below.)

Oskar Astrom ’20, marketing
I would say that the biggest mistake I made last semester was to put too much focus on one specific class instead of focusing on all of my classes the same amount. So, this semester I am trying to give all of my classes the same amount of time and energy.

Kiki Brown ’20, psychology
I would think I know what I was studying, and I really didn’t! So, what I do now is to go over everything and make a list of things that I don’t know, so I can make sure I know everything for the exam.


Joelianice Feliciano ’21, management
One mistake that I made last semester was not studying enough hours for each class. I felt like I spent so much time on sports. And I didn’t spend a good amount of time on each class. So now I focus at least two to three hours on each class.

Julia Chomick ’22, psychology                                                                                                                                                                              My mistake was probably waking up late last semester and not getting something to eat in the morning. So, this semester I’m just trying to wake up early.


Demi McNulty, ’21, studio art                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

My biggest mistake was not spending enough time on my homework in the beginning of getting the assignment and then trying hard to finish it last minute and it would not be the best it could be. So, that was definitely a mistake I wouldn’t do over again.



Sanja Ratkovic ’20, business management
The mistake that I made is not taking notes in class and not paying attention. So definitely I am doing these more now, and studying the presentations and documents that are given to us and using my notes. It’s working well for me.


Emma Reinisch ’19, graphic design                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last semester in an art history class I was taking my biggest mistake was waiting until the night before to study and it’s too hard to remember all information at that point. So, I would say something I do differently is starting to study earlier and setting little chunks of time aside so that I can retain more information because it’s hard to cram for a test.




Darius Sobers ‘ 19, sports management
The mistake I made last semester is I tried to take a mental memory of all of my tasks and assignments instead of writing them down. This semester, I use my phone, and the physical calendar I have in my room, to note my assignments and deadlines. I printed out my syllabus for most classes throughout the semester to help me keep on track, and I check off each assignment, task, or paper as I complete it.




From the Experts: Good Habits for Learning Well

The Saint Rose Academic Advising Office suggests these five steps for academic success:

  • Show up for class.
  • Meet deadlines: Write them down in a planner or notebook, break them down into manageable parts, and set priorities.
  • Actively engage, by participating in class, talking to your professors, and building a support system by getting involved on campus.
  • Reach out for help if you need it – to your advisors, the Academic Success Center, or the Counseling Center – that’s why we’re here!
  • Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, make healthy eating habits, move your body, or check out the meditation and yoga at the Interfaith Center.

Coming soon: Graduate students weigh in .

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