College Study Habits

By Michelle Tan

            Aiming for the tertiary degree is not a piece of cake, and High School was able to hone at least forty percent of your drive in order to pursue ones college degree with honors.
            I've been asked different questions by people and have asked people different questions regarding College Survival. I saw patterns and techniques by people excelling on specific field, and by people succeeding the University standards. The answer: It's in a person; college just a matter of style.
            Don't worry, I didn't understand what they were saying until I was submerged in the pool called "College."


1. Know your learning style.
            a. Visual learner (the eyes)
                        -You go through a lot of readings. You'll be able to recall all things the way it looked at your glances.
                        -Survive by: engaging yourself with a lot of reading materials.  Your best friend is the library, lecture notes, text books; ask for lecture notes on the higher years.

            b. Auditive Learner (the ears)
                        -You are able to know concepts easier just by listening to a lot of recordings. Luck is on your side because gadgets are now allowed on College. Record your professor's lectures or borrow Book Audios at the library. Your best friend is the audio recordings and voice recorder

            c. Tactile Learner (the hands)
                        -You understand the lesson through writing or highlighting it. This requires skill and a lot of time. Allow yourself to rest some time by assigning someone to do notes, and exchange notes every other day. Your best friend: your partner in note taking, photocopying machine, flash cards, and textbook; you may also ask your professor to copy the PowerPoint presentations.

            d. Kinesthetic Learner (the lips/whole body)
                        -You are able to grasp things once you have fully understood the lesson. You go through the lesson, read it thoroughly, and try to teach and ask yourself about the lesson all over again. You are creative in your studying because this requires innovation and willingness.  Your best friend: you and your own understanding, and text book& notes. Try to recap things part by part.

Why it matters? This is will be your first tool to survive college. Once you identify your style, you'd be able to become more flexible at any task of any requirement.
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2. Know your 'kind of person'
            -your productivity is just a matter of proper timing.
            a. Morning Person
            b. Afternoon Person
            c. Night Person

Why it matters? This will enable you to identify which specific task is relevant to do on a specific time of the day. It will also increase your ability to perform better at any task. This will be your reference on your study time and work performance.

            Okay, these are things people expect you to learn at high school; but I learned some in college, anyway.

1. Make Good Values
            Grades don't really matter (I mean, 100%). What matters most is your attitude in life, and most of them are developed at school.
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2. Killer Notes
            Depending on the professor's PowerPoint slides is a No-No. It is okay, but it is not promoting a responsible student. What if the professor finds your class noisy and decides to make a SURPRISE! quiz? Yeah, you'll be surprised.

            a. The Margin Style.
            This is the style where in you take notes before and during the actual lecture.
            Divide a section of your page by folding it into half. Choose which section to write from. You can either write on the inner-outer sides or left-right sides. If you decided to do the inner-outer design, write your "Before I Know" notes on the inner part of the page and the "During the Lecture" notes on the outer. If you decide the Left-Right style, then put the "Before Lecture" notes always on the left and "During Lecture" notes at the right side of the page.

Inner-Outer Design:


Left-Right Design:



            b. The Outlining Style
            This is more effective to me. This blog is actually a sample of outlining.
            In this note taking design, you determine the main ideas and then you give the supporting details after.

            Here is a sample:
                        Title: Young Adult Novels
            I. Introduction
                        define the topic
            A. A brief history of Y.A. Novels.
            B. Importance
                        1. Awareness to the world
                                    a. Culture
                                    b. Contribution
                        2. Growth of Character
                        3. Improvement of Economy

            II. Body/ Discussion           
            A. Young Adult Novel Influences
                        1. to the youth
                        2. to the society
            B. Young Adult Novels in the 21st Century
            III. What they didn't tell you about YA Novels.
            IV. Conclusion
            V. Key Concepts

3. Bring your things completely
            Basic Needs: I.D., Registration Form, Money, water, umbrella, notebook, phone, calculator, planner*
            Academic Needs: Books, Yellow Pad, hand-outs, 1x1, pencil case (pencil, ball pens, eraser, sharpener, tape, stapler, ruler, highlighter), index cards, hard drive/USB
            Health Kit: Medicine, Biscuit, mirror, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc
            MOST IMPORTANTLY, wear in complete uniform, or if your school doesn't have, wear properly and according to your school's dress code.

4. Record your performance
            Get a clean sheet of index card and use it to record your school grades. Put your subject course, number of quizzes, project, recitation, preliminary/final exam, total score, rating. Label accordingly and neatly. Highlight your best scores and lowest scores by different highlighters.


-Eng 1
-Math 101
-Fil 1
-BA 1
-P.E. 1
-Hum 1
-NS 103

Class Participation (recitation)
Prelim/Final Exam

*Sample only. These were my first year first semester courses, and this was my grading sheet.

            An intelligent student has all the brains, but a wise student has the common sense to "outsmart" the factors.

1. Lecture Style
            -Does he assign students to prepare for the lecture? Does he read the book out loud? Does he ask all students to recite by calling out each name on every row? Does he allow students to copy notes during class? Does he give the Audio Visual Presentation after the complete lecture?
            -This will guide you on how much flexibility and effort you must exert to effectively perform and participate in each course.

2. Examination Style
            -Identification, morse type, multiple choice, true or false, essay, enumeration, and matching type. Apparently, on every first (and second) quizzes, you must review all of these and muster all of these comprehensively to attain a perfect score on a quiz.
            -FIND OUT how he makes projects and how much strict he is with deadlines.

3. Grading Style
            -Know the important factors that will make your grade: Class participation, Quizzes, and Major Examinations are always on the list. Find out if he allows make up exams or projects, but don't dwell on these.

            -Be aware of the policies, events, and holidays granted to make a very promising school year for you. Read the handbook thoroughly, and always take care of it. Know what goes around and comes around at the campus. Food stores, photocopying stalls, school supplies shops, uniform-selling shops (if your school has one), pharmacy store, etc.

            1. Daily
            Time yourself as you make time for each subject. Decide which subject you must study on that day, which comes first, which comes last, how many hours are you willing to put, etc.

            Study per hour:
            30-30: 30-minute study, 30-minute break
            50-10: 50-minute study, 10-minute break
            How much time to study:
            1-2 hours: acceptable
            2-3 hours: on average
            3-4 hours: high on the average

            5-9 hours: DON'T.


1. Make New Friends
            -your social circle is also important in college. They will be the ones who'll understand your dreams for the future and will be the ones having shared experiences with.

2. Negotiate Well
            -Negotiate with your block mates about the notes, books, lockers, "places to stay", group projects, and everything else. Talk nicely to the security guards if you need instructions (i.e. Buying of UAAP Tickets, I.D. Replacement, enrollment/billing fees, library directions).

3. Pack a lot of patience and enthusiasm. Self-explanatory.
4. Join organizations!
5. Have Fun, but not too much.
             -Don't forget to squeeze in your hobbies and leisure time with you. In my case, posting in this blog, and reading magazines and novels.
6. Don't forget your health; and your priorities in life.
            -The reason we have five fingers? To count our priorities  in life: Thumb= Religion ; Index= Family; Middle= Health; Ring= Mind; Pinky= Friends!

Good luck!
XX Michelle.
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