William J. Rapaport
Last Update: Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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It has been claimed that everyone has a different "learning style".
- If you believe in the existence and validity of learning styles, then you might find some of the following references of interest:
But everyone surely has a different "studying style".
More importantly, the way that you are studying right now might not be the best for you:
How would you know? Easy: If your grades aren't what you'd like them to be, then you probably need to change how you study!
One important clarification before we begin:
- "Studying" is not the same thing as "doing homework"!
Studying may include doing homework, but it is also a lot more, as you will see.
(So, if you say that you have no homework and that therefore you can't, or you don't have to, study, you're mistaken!)
I am going to give you some suggestions on how to study efficiently. They worked for me when I was in high school, college, and graduate school.
But, to the extent that everyone's learning style may be different, some of my suggestions may not work for you, at least not without some individual modifications.
Nevertheless, I urge you to try them. Most successful students use them (or some slight variation of them).
Please feel free to send me suggestions for studying that worked for you. I will try to include them in further versions of this guide.