Spotlight #2 Memory

There are several methods used when studying for a test or understanding different concepts. Memory is different for everyone, but some tips and tricks can help improve the memory of  people of all ages. In college there are several different methods used to go about retaining information learned in class. Different online sources give some insight on different tips that are supposedly going to help boost a college student’s grades. In college studying is so important and a big factor when learning. One source gives seven helpful tips on studying for college kids. Good notes are a key to success when wanting good grades. Some students are unsure of what information is important. To help ensure the student is writing down all the needed information, attending the professor’s office hours is helpful. With the professor’s permission, recording the lectures and rereading notes is also helpful (7 Best Study Tips). Along with taking good notes, organization is a crucial task when studying for classes, as using sticky notes, keeping returned assignments, and making flash cards can be very helpful (7 Best Study Tips). Over studying can be a problem, and cramming all information in one night can be more harmful than helpful. We talked about in class how waiting till the night before an exam can be overwhelming for the brain. In order to recall information, studying for small increments at a time way in advance of an exam is beneficial. One of the worst distractions when trying to study is technology. An important tip to get high quality studying is to put the phone away and not pick it up ( 7 Best Study Tips). Phones nowadays are popular and the number one way to know what is happening in the world, it is so easy to waste valuable time searching on a phone instead of studying.

When in high school, grades are important because they impact the future of students intending to continue their education. The studying tips provided online for high school students are similar to the tips given for college students. One study tip is to be engaged in class, take solid notes, and participate in class (Top 10). When in class, it is hard to listen to the teacher and not think about anything else going on in your life. One tip is to engage in the class and take quality notes. In the long run, retrieving information from the class will be easier. Having a routine is beneficial in several ways. After school, students should go home, maybe enjoy a snack, and get all of their homework done. For some students it may look different, maybe with a sport practice, but sticking to a routine can ensure that everything that needs to be done, will be done (Top 10). Another tip given is to have a clean and tidy study space. Going somewhere quiet, with good lighting can be helpful when studying (Top 10). In class we discussed how even studying with music can take away the quality of our studying because there is more than just class material being taken in by the sensory memory. It is important to think positive and take a break when studying. Being overwhelmed and stressed about something can take away from the time you have to study (Top 10). All of these studying tips are correct and can benefit students who need help with studying. Now that I have talked about students in both college and high school, there are also tips online to assist parents with studying.

 

Some parents enjoy helping their kids study, or are very strict with what grades their kids are receiving. The blog, Edmentum provides several tips for parents who want to effectively help their kids study for school. In order to see good grades there needs to have a mix of good attitude, habits, and effort (Ho, Elaine). One tip is to design a study space to ensure that the time spent studying will be valuable and worth your time (Ho, Elaine). Studying in a noisy environment will lead to distractions and unfocus. Another factor that goes into quality studying is to take notes. Taking notes by hand has perks because you are more likely to retain the information and pay attention (Ho, Elaine). Along with taking notes, highlighting key terms or using active reading strategies helps improve concentration. Practice tests help to prepare a child for a test, so asking short essay questions or using flash cards helps to prove that they know the information (Ho, Elaine). It is important to make sure as a parent that your child knows how important asking their teacher questions is. If they are unsure about something, the smartest strategy to eventually comprehend what they do not understand is to ask the teacher questions (Ho, Elaine). Asking a teacher for help is what students are supposed to do, and in the end doing so is beneficial. Hearing repeated concepts that were not understood before can retained and remembered better the second time around.

 

Studying is an important role in school, and whether a student studies or not shows how much they care. After studying for classes, students can find retrieving the information easier. There are several tips and tricks given on different websites for people of all ages. Studying takes time, but after following these tips, students discover how studying can influence their grades.
Works Cited

“7 Best Study Tips For College Students”. CampusExlorer. Campus Explorer, 2018. Web. 2 November 2018.

https://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/2DF9E34D/7-Best-Study-Tips-for-College-Students/

 

Ho, Elaine. “7 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Develop Effective Study Skills”. Edmentum. Blog.7 September 2017. Edmentum.com. 4 November 2018. http://blog.edmentum.com/7-tips-parents-help-your-child-develop-effective-study-skills

 

VanDuzer, Todd. “Top 10 High School Study Tips”. Student-Tutor. 4 November 2015. Web.  4 November 2018. https://student-tutor.com/blog/top-10-high-school-study-tips/.

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