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College Study Skills

Updated on October 12, 2014

Every student swears by their own way they study, and that is not uncommon considering that every person is different. Some of the more popular styles that are used in the paper are: using flash cards, note taking, different atmospheres, and highlighting.

Flash cards are a method that is taught by teachers from kindergarten through college level. There are many different types of cards that are in existence today, including large cards, small cards, and different colored cards. Depending on what is being studied different cards may be ideal.

In addition to the different types of cards, there are also different ways of documenting on them, some of the most popular are questions and answers on the front and the back and writing bullets on one side with fragments of what is necessary to know (Extra long sentences). Some benefits of using flashcards include working independently or with a partner; if working with a partner one may choose to play games and quiz each other and make studying fun!

Note taking is a skill that every student should know or at least be familiar with, it is taught from basic schools all the way to upper class learning. It is not required to write too much when taking notes for the main reason that the only person that will be viewing the notes is the one taking them.


Making notes confusing is a common trend that most learners deal with before. Some confusing items for consideration are bad handwriting, misspelled words, and writing nonfactual information. With any skill note taking takes practice, and lots of it.


Many students thrive in a multiple of atmospheres; whether it is loud rock and roll music in a dark room or no music at all in a brightly lit room and everything in between. It is said that many people can thrive while listening to classical music; people even play

Libraries are great places to study, for some reasons, including that it is in the public and it is away from your comfort zone. Temperature is another creature comfort that many humans are very picky about. Having a comfortable climate can sometimes mean all the difference to many people.

Many students don't know if they should use a yellow or a pink highlighter. Different colors of highlighters are viewed differently by different people and much of it is due to preference. Some positive uses of highlighting can be using different colors do identify similar topics or to identify one major topic that the student wants to be reminded of later. The downside of highlighting are minimal but still exist. Trying to resell a book with marks in it lowers the value in most circumstances, unless the book is used for the same professor. In addition, another downside of highlighting is highlighting too much. When a person marks too much the novelty of highlighting becomes a hassle when the student has to decipher the important knowledge versus the not so important.

In conclusion, having a study skill that works for you is most important.

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    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      It took me many years to find the right way to study. That was when I was paying for classes myself, lol.

    • rebelogilbert profile image

      Gilbert Arevalo 

      4 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      It's interesting how we all have different ways of studying. Only one problem, some people are better off adapting to the super achiever technique.

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks VKwok!

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      Being in college right now, I know that this hub is going to be major helpful! Thanks!

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