Effective study habits are a very import part of the learning process. If you do not study effectively the likelihood is that you will forget the vast majority of the information you learn (up to 80%) within a few weeks of learning it. To make you into a better learner, therefore, your classes should focus heavily on teaching you the skills that you need to study successfully.
Here are a few key principles to remember about studying in general.
Take responsibility for your learning. You and you alone, are the only one that can make learning effective. You must be the one to make decisions about the priorities, time, and effort that you put into your studying and learning.
Studying should not be stressful. Find an environment that is comforting to you (your room, a spot outdoors, anywhere that you feel relaxed) to study in. Play some relaxing music to help you relax. Remember, the brain is like a sponge – if it is squeezed from stress, than you will not be able to absorb any of the information.
Understand yourself. Not everyone thinks alike, so not everyone studies the same way. There are several different styles of note taking and studying that you can use. No one method is better than another, but one may be more suited to your personality. Experiment with several styles and find the one that fits you the best.
Consider yourself in a Win-Win situation. You win by doing your best and contributing your best to a class; whether for yourself, your fellow students, or even for your teachers and instructors. If you are content with your performance, then a grade becomes a secondary concern –it will naturally reflect your interest in your subject.