Here at the Colorado State University Chapter of Triangle, we like to say that our focus is on personal and professional growth and development. Since we are trying to develop ourselves, we take great pride in academics. We believe that succeeding in school will help us become better professionals (and find employment more easily). We also feel that going through the trials and tribulations of schoolwork as well as increasing our knowledge-base will help us become better people. As a fraternity for Scientists, Engineers, and Architects, schoolwork and exams are very rarely easy. Below is a list of study habits to help you become a better student, something that we all strive for in Triangle Fraternity.
Useful Study Tips:
1 ) Do not memorize if it can be avoided. Aim for an understanding of the subject, as this will make current coursework and classes down the road easier. There is an old saying, everything you memorize will be forgotten in seven years, but everything you understand will be remembered for a lifetime.
2 ) Be attentive in class. This will allow for better understanding of the material, and will open the door for a good relationship with the professor. Professors like to see that a student is trying, and being attentive (instead of sleeping or “doodling”) shows that you have an eagerness to learn.
3) Take notes no matter how trivial you think the material is, you’d be surprised what you forget before that next big test.
4) When taking notes, do not just copy what the teacher has put on the board. Try to annotate the notes in your own words, this helps with a greater understanding of the subject.
5 ) Visit your teachers. They typically know a lot about the course that they are teaching, and will gladly help any student who has put reasonable thought and effort into the course. Aside from that, if you establish a good relationship with teachers, they can be used for letters of recommendation down the line.
6) Set goals for yourself. This does not need to be a semester-long goal… You can set simple everyday goals, such as “I want to get 3 uninterrupted hours of studying in before I go hang out with my friends.” Always congratulate/reward yourself for completing a goal. Setting and completing goals is good for morale, and can be a great motivator!
7 )Avoid procrastination. While this may sound easy, it is an easy trap to fall into. Setting goals and having self discipline will help you to pull through.
8 ) Don’t just study with a group. While group study is a useful tool to scholarly success, it shouldn’t be used exclusively. Try figuring things out on your own before going to a study group. While at the study session, go over problems that you had, and see if anyone can help you. Also, be willing to help others. Helping others in the group will make them want to study with you, and generally helps you to retain the information as well.
9 )Use the library! Studying in an apartment or dorm is necessary sometimes, but try to go to the library or a place like it to minimize distractions. Also, if you get depressed before going to a certain study spot, switch spots so that you don’t get a negative attitude about going to the study spot and studying in general.
10 )Before taking a test, do not worry. Swagger generally goes a long way, and self confidence in your abilities lets you focus more on the task at hand. However, it is best not to rely entirely on swagger. Put in the time studying, build up self confidence, take the test, and reap the rewards.
At Triangle, we also intend on creating a study file in the near future. We hold study sessions regularly, and have members who are always willing to lend a hand. Do not be afraid to ask for help, get the help and move on with your life.