We have lots of opinions at StudyRight. Some of them are stronger than others – probably like your opinions. The strong ones are those with research backing them up. Those are the kind that make it into our study skills courses. At that point – when you have cognitive psychologists and decades worth of research pointing you toward your ‘opinion’ – it’s really more of a fact than opinion.
But some of our opinions are a bit less research-backed and more anecdotal (aka, heard it from a friend kinds of opinions). When one of those opinions then gets echoed in US News and World Report, though, it adds a bit of clout.
In a recent article on US News Education website, an article suggests that students should practice college study skills in high school. Much of the article focused on hearing stories from students who had made it to the end of their college education. Perhaps those students are an even better judge of the need for study skills than researchers who try to figure this information out.
Some of the key skills these students recommend coincide directly with the skills we teach. One student suggests that your ability to read is one of the most important skills to invest in now. We’ve tried to make the same point through what we call, “reading backwards.” It’s the quickest and most effective way to read a textbook. Another student suggests creating your own study guides is crucial to college success. Again, it’s like he took that straight out of the StudyRight playbook. Study guides help organize and refresh you for the exam, and few things have been proven as effective as creating your own reviews for a class.
An interesting skill recommended for high school students is getting to know your teachers. While this is really more of a social habit than study skill, this recommendation is right on the money. Remembering the fact that professors are people too is crucial for student success. Talk to your teachers. Ask them how they are. Think about them in terms other than “that guy who makes me do homework.” If you’ll treat your teacher like a human being – with respect, dignity, and maybe even friendship (radical, I know) – you’ll be surprised at how much more enjoyable your semester may be.
Do you have any others that you would add to this list? We would love to hear them in the comments below. Additionally, if you’d like to more study skills info, get your free copy of Cracking the Student Success Code: 8 Study Strategies Proven by Psychologists to Save Time and Increase Retention today.