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How to Find the Right Study Style for You in College

In college, you will need to figure out under what conditions you thrive. Studying regularly may seem uncomfortable at first, especially if you have trouble with time management or procrastination. But, as studying regularly becomes a habit, you should keep track of the moments in which you are most productive. Below, we explain what it means to have a ‘study style’ and list some questions to ask yourself to help you figure out under what conditions you are most productive.

First, it’s important to distinguish learning styles and study styles. You may have heard of “auditory learners and visual learners” or “right-brain learners and left-brain learners.” Although the idea of learning styles was appealing and catchy, scientists now think of learning styles as a myth. Scientists say that there are tried-and-true methods of learning that work for every student, such as active learning, spaced repetition, building on prior knowledge, and connecting disparate concepts.

That said, top students plan and develop study styles, or sets of actions and preferences that help them study best. Top students have a wide variety of study routines and habits. If you’ve ever read about the routines of famous authors, you’ll find a lot of them took to writing in the early morning. But the beauty of making your own study plan is this: you get to choose the style in which you study.

Ask yourself:

  1. Do you get most of your work done late at night? In the morning? In between classes?
  2. Are you most productive when you review notes you’ve taken in class or when you transcribe lectures you’ve recorded?
  3. Do you use textbook review questions to study or do you prefer reviewing videos online from third-party sources?

Tweet your answers to @getchipperapp and we’ll reply with some encouragement for next time you hit the books. Happy studying!

Mike Lodato

Mike Lodato

Chipper Team Member & PhD Student