Hi, friends. Today I’m publishing a guest post by Kay from Smart Student Secrets. I love this post because it’s full of great information and actionable tips on how to incorporate this information into your study strategies. I hope you enjoy it!
I used to struggle with tests before I learned to use active recall for studying.
The test would be sitting in front of me. I would be scrunching up my face thinking, “I know this… I think I know this… What was that answer again…” I would come up with answers but I never had any confidence because it was always a struggle. This is a problem that I now understand.
I was familiar with the material but I didn’t know it well. This is the problem that active recall solves.
You shouldn’t have to struggle to remember everything on your tests. You’re not a bad test taker. You just need to learn a few new strategies. These strategies can increase your test scores and turn you into a top-notch test-taker.
It gets better than that too. You’ll also save a ton of time learning for class.
What Is Active Recall?
Active Recall is a principle of learning. Here is the simple way to understand it:
You need to practice remembering “it” to remember “it.” “It” is whatever you need to study.
The most common active recall tool students use is a set of flashcards. When you read one side of a flashcard and then remember what’s on the other side, you’re using active recall. If you flip the flashcard over without remember then you’re not using active recall…
Hi, friends! You may not know this, but I’m a transfer student. I decided to write a post about my transfer experience and tips for prospective transfer students because I haven’t seen many posts about transferring. However, I did find 2 helpful articles for those who are interested (they are linked at the end of this post!). Transferring schools can be both exciting and nerve racking. The application process and getting settled into a new school is work, but if you approach it in a timely and organized manner, you will be just fine. Here is my personal transfer experience and some tips for those who are considering transferring schools.
My Transfer Experience
I graduated high school at only 17 years old. Because I was so young, my parents didn’t want me to go away just yet. So, I decided to attend a community college (I already had some credits there thanks to dual enrollment!) and earn an AA to then continue to a state university. I was there for a year, and it was a great year. I am thankful for my experience at that school because it allowed me to start gaining experience in STEM at such a young age. I did well in my classes and it was comfortable…
Hi, friends! There are a million articles that tell you to talk to your professor when you get stuck. This is great advice, but unfortunately, few students actually follow this advice because they think professors are too “intimidating” and “serious.” I’m sure there are some professors who are intimidating, serious, and don’t care about their students, but the truth is that they are the minority.
Most professors actually want to see their students succeed. In fact, it’s their job to help you. One of my professors said, “Unless there’s an extenuating circumstance, I will never turn away a student who comes to office hours asking for help.” I had another professor say that he only had a handful of students come in to office hours throughout the semester (how ironic is it that the students who don’t come to office hours are the ones who gripe about their grades at the end?).
Your professor will help you understand confusing concepts.
It’s a professor’s job to explain the concept, but it’s your job to make sure you understand it. If you don’t understand a concept the first time around, don’t just sit there staring at your book. Asking your professor for help is much easier, quicker, and less stressful than trying to figure it out on your own…
Hi, friends! I was recently thinking that people go into college with distorted ideas of what it’s really like. Sometimes, they’re right, but sometimes they’re not. This post is meant to help you get a realistic idea of what college is like.
Your high school study habits will be enough
College is much more demanding than high school. You’ll realize this during your freshman year. It’s okay if your freshman year is a period of transition between high school and college. In this period you’ll learn to stretch yourself to meet the higher demands of college life. You will have to spend more time studying, learn how to manage your time, and build organizational skills at a whole new level. It takes time, so don’t be too discouraged if your grades dip at first. Once you get the hang of it, you should be doing well again.