Study Tips and Tricks

Hey there! I’m here to show you how to efficiently study, and get ready for that next test/exam/midterm/final! These are some tips and tricks on how I personally study that have done wonders. So with a little technology, and organization, you can get that “A” you’ve always hoped for!

Notability

I have found this app to be very helpful every semester (especially all my prerequisites for nursing programs). Unfortunately you will have to pay for this app on the MacBook and iPad but it is absolutely worth every penny! I have used this app religiously in every class. Here are some screen shots of how I have organized my Notability app on my MacBook, iPad, and iPhone.

MacBook

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iPad

NotabilityiPad

iPhone

NotabilityiPhone

There are so many great things you can do with this app. One of my favorites is to record lectures (when allowed), and as I’m highlighting/drawing/typing, the recording will sync with your modifications to the lectures. So, as your are listening to the lecture and want to skip around but aren’t sure when the professor mentioned “monosaccharides”, you can click on your text, drawing, or highlighting of where that slide is, and it will bring you to that point in the recording, awesome right?!

  • Side Note: While I’m listening to my lectures at home, I make more notes on the slides in case I forgot something.

You can also add pictures/videos/stickies, as well as change the size of your modifications with a simple pinch on the screen or track pad with the “dashed square icon” to draw around the part you want to make smaller or bigger. The search bar is great when you don’t have a recording but need to find information on one particular thing (ex. monosaccharides).

  • Side Note: Sometimes the search option doesn’t work depending on what kind of file your professor is using.

I personally use my iPad the most because of the option to use a stylus to draw or write notes. It is also very convenient to put in a bag/backpack instead of bringing a whole computer.

I use my iPhone is case of emergencies when I forget to bring the iPad or MacBook, and I can still record the lecture, as well as take notes on paper (it would look ridiculous trying to type of draw on a tiny screen).

  • Side Note: Lectures are downloaded onto the Notability App. I am able to download from my school’s site where the Professor has uploaded the lectures.

If your professor offers their lectures online, USE THEM!!! Either through the Notability App or print them out and write on them. Any information that is not mentioned in the slides, you should be writing down.

Outlines

I am a visual and kinesthetic learner, which means I have to either look at pictures, watch videos, and write/type notes over again.

Especially if the professor does not explain things very well; it is best if I rewrote their lectures with information I think/know will be important for the next text/exam/midterm/quiz… you get the idea! Microsoft Word has a fantastic template for outlines.

I like to start off my outlines with all the definitions at the top that I need to know that pertain to that lecture and every important subject after that with their sub-category/texts/lists/etc. Here is an example of my outlines:

OutlineLayout

When in Doubt… Write

When technology is not an option during a lecture, write what you can…

Different highlighters, pens, and whiteout are a must have. Using different colors have to do with the visual learner in me, as well as the kinesthetic learner with writing it down.

Unfortunately, I am not a reader because it bores me. I usually use the textbook in desperate measures (and I’m sure that will be changing once I start my nursing program). But if using the textbook is your thing, then I would suggest post-it notes, and rewriting anything you find informational (obviously). I don’t however condone writing and highlighting in the textbook (especially if it’s a rental or a book you plan on reselling).

 

As for right now, this is what I suggest using to stay successful! I will update by writing  another blog for when I’m in my nursing program. To see how I organize my school materials, see this post 🙂

Have a great day! 😀

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