Navigating College With Autism – 15 Study Strategies for College Students

March 28, 2010

Here’s a list of study strategies that I think are very effective. These strategies will help you to remember the information that you study and help you get a good grade on any test or quiz.

1. Give yourself plenty of time to study. Don’t cram or procrastinate. It is a good idea to study the material days ahead of time. If you put it off until the last minute, you will suffer the consequences. Believe me, I know!

2. Create a to-do list and keep a planner.

3. Study one hour in the morning, one hour during the day and one hour at night. Spread out the amount of time you spend studying. If you try to study for hours at a time, you will only tire yourself out mentally. If you have multiple classes to study for, spend an hour each on one class at a time. Make sure you take some 15-minute breaks to refresh your mind and give you more mental energy.

4. Make sure you take good notes in class. Then rewrite and organize your notes. Rewriting your notes helps you to memorize the information. Studies have been done to support the writing memorization theory. Also, my secret weapon for memorization is to repeat what I am trying to memorize out loud to myself. Believe me, this works extremely well.

5. Take time to read the chapter. Reading the chapter will help you to truly understand the material.

6. Work with a study group and have your friends or classmates quiz you.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek help from your professors, ask a classmate or someone who has taken the course, or go to the resources center for help.

8. Create PowerPoint and Excel Spreadsheets. This is an excellent way to document the information you need to study. If you are a visual learner, this is a very helpful way to study.

9. Watch tutorials and videos on the particular subject matter.

10. Simplify the information and think of tricks and hints which will help you to retain the information you are studying. For example, try to make some type of connection that will help you to easily remember something.

11. Take advantage of the study guide if a professor gives you one. Let me let you in on a little secret — Most of the time the information that is on the study guide covers everything that you will see on the test. As a result, a study guide is a cause for celebration. If you get a study guide, then that means you have a very nice professor.

12. Find a quiet place to study. Studying in a quiet place will enable you to reach your peak concentration. I usually study at the library because I find at home I can easily become distracted by the TV and will end up procrastinating.

13. Prioritize your assignments. Get yourself in the habit of studying for your most difficult subject first.

14. Have a positive attitude and make studying a positive experience. Relax and have fun. This happens to be very important because if you are too stressed out or nervous, you will not do as well. Visualize yourself getting a good grade and believe in yourself.

15. Get plenty of sleep the night before the test and eat a healthy breakfast.

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