There are a ton of possible majors that you can study in college. These range anywhere from biology to engineering to English and beyond! But did you know that how you should study for each of these majors should be different? It’s true! You can’t expect to study as a chemistry major with the same techniques that you use as an English major! It just won’t work! That is why in this post, I have listed five possible majors and how you should study for each of them! Two of these techniques I have learned from my own experience as a biology major and psychology minor. The others I have discovered by talking to others with that major and by weeding through a ton of information online! So, I hope this post shows you how you can begin studying for your major more effectively!
Since I am a biology major, I feel like I have this studying method down pretty well! What I have learned throughout my four years as a biology major is that there is often a ton of information to be covered for each exam. Because of this, what works best for me is to make notecards out of my notes. Then, it is helpful for me to review my notes and notecards regularly to keep the material in my mind. I’ve also discovered that it is important to take advantage of lab and homework grades. Often, these are what separates the A students from the B students! Although they aren’t worth that many points, every little bit adds up and can really impact your grades! If you are struggling to understand something in one of your biology classes, I want to encourage you to talk to your professor! If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask! Websites like Khan Academy and Crash Course on Youtube can also be extremely helpful for understanding concepts and processes! Although being a biology major is beyond hard, it has ben so much fun and can lead to further schooling and a wide variety of career options!
Even though I am not a psychology major, I am a psychology minor. So, I feel like I’ve learned how to study for these courses as well! Although there isn’t as much information covered for each exam, there are a lot more names and theories to memorize. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to mix these up a lot. So, in order to study for psychology classes, I usually create notecards for each term and find key things to help me remember all of the theories and names. Simple little tricks like matching a letter in the term to a word in the definition have helped me on so many psychology exams! It is really important to brush up on your memorization techniques as a psychology major! Also, remember to not just memorize, but to also understand the concepts! You will be using many of the things that you learn as a psychology major in the future! I would hate for you to diagnose someone incorrectly because you only memorized the material for the test!
Although I am not a math major, I have had to take quite a few math courses as a biology major. What I have learned is that is important to take effective, detailed notes in class. Math is something that I struggle with, so doing this helps me to understand it as I go. Another tool that I use in math courses is color coding. My technique for this is to put the section title in one color, formulas in another color, important information in a third color, and everything else in pencil. Doing this helps me to find formulas quickly and easily while I am going my homework! Another important thing that I’ve learned is that reading the textbook before class can really help you to be familiar with what the teacher will be covering that day. Although you may not understand it fully right away, at least you will know what the teacher is talking about! For me, one of the most effective ways to study for a math course is to review, review, review! Working through problem after problem will help you to know exactly what to do when it’s time for your test! Last but not least, if you don’t understand something, please do not hesitate to ask your professor! They are happy to help!
Hannah says that for anything with dates or vocabulary you should make flash cards! Make them on your phone so that you have them with you (Quizlet is perfect for this!). She says that it is also important to take advantage of any resources your professor gives you like study guides or even essay questions!
Courtney believes that making condensed notes is a must! She took her notes from class and condensed them down to about one page per class session. She also made them pretty with banners, doodles and different colored pens!
I’ve also heard that that creating a timeline can help you to connect and develop ideas. Reading the textbook and actively taking notes on it before class will help you be familiar with the material that will be covered that day.
My friend Kat has great studying tips for those of you who are engineering majors!
Her study tips for math and science (from calc to Chem to physics) are to make a formula sheet, do problems in three sets, and know the basic theory behind solving a problem. She says that even if you can’t use a formula sheet on the exam; it can help you to remember by imagining where you positioned it on the sheet. Kat has found that doing problems in sets of three can be very helpful as well! She usually does one problem with the study guide, one where she only glances at the study guide only when she needs help, and one by herself.
As you can see, each major has a unique studying method to help you study most effectively! I hope that this list helps you study for your major classes! I would absolutely love it if you shared more studying tips for specific majors in the comments below!
Is your major listed here? If not, I would love it if you shared your best studying tips for your major in the comments below!
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