“When I first start studying, working with a group is helpful when looking at the big picture for everything. But when I’ve narrowed down what I really need to study, it’s more effective for me to study alone,” Audrey Goedegebuure, a junior, explains. She also suggests splitting up studying time into intervals, during which she typically reviews class notes and material to determine what needs the most focus.
“I think a group is good as long as you are in the same classes, and are studying for those classes, and everyone is dedicated to being productive. Because the others can motivate you, and keep you on topic,” said junior Maggie Baugh. For Baugh, making flash cards and diagrams can be helpful, as well as doing study guides and practice problems.
However, groups do not work for everyone. “I definitely prefer studying alone, because I tend to get off track when I’m in a group,” Sarah Schmidt said. “I’m a huge procrastinator, and, no matter how hard I try, I always seem to leave the studying to the day before…”
As for setting, most people seem to agree that a comfortable place where you can relax without distractions is essential. Says Goedegebuure, “I like to study in a quiet setting with no distractions around me. I also like to be comfortable…and I need good light…”
Baugh offers one last piece of advice: “Don’t get behind in work during the semester. Pay attention in class. Actually make a study plan, and execute said plan.”