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20 Study Tips from My Professor

I was browsing through my old anatomy notes when I found a handout that my anatomy professor gave us during orientation. I haven’t read it since orientation, so I figured that it would be a good idea to read it again before the Spring Semester begins. I took my favorites and rewrote them here.

These tips won’t work for everyone, so figure out what works for you!

  1. Study daily. Don’t put off studying until right before the exam.
  2. Don’t memorize. Understand the material so you don’t forget the information.
  3. Learn it now. I know there are so many classes you have to juggle, but it’s a lot less stressful to learn as you go. Don’t wait until the weekend, after class is over, or before an exam. Stay focused during class and review the material often.
  4. Have a good mindset. This is not undergrad anymore. Your classes are relevant to your future career. Don’t learn information just for the test, but learn it for your future patients, so you’re the best physical therapist that you can possibly be.
  5. Prepare before lecture. Review your notes from the previous lectures, and try to read ahead into the new material.
  6. Schedule study time. Keep a planner and set aside time to study.
  7. Listen and focus. Try to fight your daydreaming during class, and actively participate when possible.
  8. Use all study resources. This includes your classmates, your notes, powerpoints, textbooks, models, internet, videos, your own body, professors, and teaching assistants.
  9. Study little chunks. It’s easier to pick  a section of your notes to master instead of trying to learn everything at once.
  10. Learn the big picture. Understand the main concepts, then learn the details, and then revisit the big picture.
  11. Find a study partner. Find a classmate that you work well with. You can schedule study time, bounce ideas off each other, quiz each other, teach things to each other, and help each other focus.
  12. Helps your classmates. Learn through teaching other classmates. If you know the material well enough, you should be able to explain it to others.
  13. Actively learn. If you are confused, try to learn the information by reading textbooks or looking online. Then ask your classmates if you are still confused. If your classmates cannot help, then ask your professor. If you have a question, do not immediately ask your professor. Try to actively learn yourself, and engage your classmates so they can also learn.
  14. Sleep enough. It’s much more difficult to retain information and stay focused during class if you are mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted.
  15. Practice tests. Make practice questions and share with your classmates.
  16. Spend time at school. Go into lab when you have spare time, work during your lunch period, or study at the library.
  17. Make time for yourself. Do something that makes you happy or relaxes you. Cook delicious meals, exercise, call your loved ones, drive around town, or watch TV. School can take up a majority of your time, but it shouldn’t take up ALL of your time!
  18. Set clear goals. Make daily goals and weekly goals. They can be related to school or your personal life. Plan to have a certain topic mastered by a set date.
  19. Break down big tasks. Larger tasks can be overwhelming, so break it down into smaller tasks that are more manageable.
  20. Reward yourself. Take a 5 minute break after studying for 30 minutes, eat some ice cream, or go to see a new movie. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so don’t forget that!


Did you try any of these tips, or have any of your own to add? Please comment below!

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