5 Study Tips for 1st Years | Nida Shaikh | #RoadToRyerson

Hey fellow reader!

As I may or may not have mentioned before, I like to spend time on Tumblr. For those of you, who have not yet ventured into this website, TURN AWAY BEFORE IT BECOMES AN OBSESSION! No, I’m kidding. I like Tumblr because it’s simplistic and so easy to use. Like on all social media, there is a bunch of diversity as to what goes on on the site. For the past few years that I’ve had my Tumblr blog, I’ve always used it as a more fandom based blog than anything else. With the amount of reading and TV shows I’ve watched, it’s hard not to be sucked into their fandoms.

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Recently, I stumbled upon the studyblr side of Tumblr. (Studyblr is just a combination of ‘Studying and Tumblr’). It’s mostly students from around the world motivating each other to study and not give up. Not only that, but there are masterposts of so many different things, such as tips on how to study, how to take notes, where to find certain resources, etc. Honestly, just looking at the aesthetic posts people make with regards to their study spaces, stationary, and notes, it makes you want to study. Let’s face it, we’ll need all the motivation we need once the semester starts, am I right?

Here are a few things I’ve learned from studyblr (that I think is helpful advice):

1. READ Your Assigned Readings

As fellow blogger Jillian mentioned in her video last week, to read your assigned readings. From those assigned readings, it helps to read them before your next class to know what your prof will be talking about. As you read your assigned readings, try to take notes (or maybe highlight, if that’s what you prefer).

2. Notes in class

It’s always best to listen to the prof talking and making sure you’re writing down all the important information. Now, if you’ve read the material and taken notes on them beforehand, you’ll have a bit of an advantage as you’ll be able to listen more and be able to catch the key information.

3. Rewriting/Reviewing Notes

If you have notes that you wrote before and the notes from class, try rewriting them and combining the two, rather than keeping them as separate sheets (and hey, they might even be neater to read). Once you’ve rewritten your notes (or maybe you’re just not going to bother with rewriting any notes, it’s up to you), to review your notes even for a couple minutes on the same day and then doing a more thorough review of the notes on another day. This way the information will stick with you (and you won’t have to cram so much info before the exam).

4. Study groups

Studying alone all the time can get a little boring and tedious at times. If you find 2-3 people from your classes and study together, you’ll be able to combine your knowledge and help each other out if you don’t understand something. (Although, they warn against really large study groups because let’s face it, you will get distracted way easily).

5. Keep an Agenda

Or something to write down important dates in. You never want to get to the point where you missed the deadline for an assignment or such because you forgot when it was due.

Honestly, I could probably go on and write so much about the helpful things I’ve learned from the studyblr community! I even made my own studyblr, if you want to check it out: http://www.onceuponastudy.tumblr.com/. If you want I can share links to posts about different things related to studying, just drop me a message on any of my social media!

That’s all for know and good luck to us all!

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