With the beginning of the spring semester, campus is bound to be bustling with students cramming for their respective classes in a matter of days.
But studying may not be the same process for every student. Each student is likely to have different, perhaps unusual, practices that have proved successful for their academic careers.
One student, a junior in computer graphic design, commented on her own studying.
“Usually, since most of my classes are project-based, my studying is usually for my classes such as biology, math classes, foreign language class, stuff like that,” Anna Allen said.
She continued sharing some of her own study tactics.
“All information — no matter what that information is — I put it on flashcards. I study them by fives, and I continue studying them by fives, and then continue to combine them,” Allen said.
She shared another one of her more unusual tactics.
“I sing the notes to myself,” she said. “I record the class and write the notes twice. And then I chew gum — during studying and during the test.”
She, along with another student, both remarked an increase in class performance since adopting their individual tactics.
The other student, a junior in the history program, also shared his own methods.
“I'll say for foreign language, I incorporate it into my daily life, as in speaking to my roommates in Spanish, or talking walking around,” Austin Manucy said.
Manucy commented on his methods for his other classes.
“In other classes such as history, being that it's very information-based — making flashcards, or just reading the book and trying to just find information, break it down by say bullets points or major points that your teacher goes over,” he said.
Many of these unusual tactics practiced by the students are recommended on educational studying sites.
“If regular study habits are not working for you, it may be time to try some of these unusual tricks. They are geared toward helping your brain make new associations. This can be a great way to get the information to stay where you want it—in your brain!,” the Harris School of Business said.
Of the tips recommended by the site, it reiterates Allen and Manucy’s practices of making flash cards, re-writing notes, singing notes and chewing gum as beneficial.
Another site helps explain why these tactics are actually helpful.
According to Cascade Business News, “One way of remembering things that you read is by integrating them with your existing knowledge. There are some study tips and tricks that can help your brain connect unrelated information to what you already know in order to remember things better.”
Through connecting their academic information with what is already familiar to them, it helps create familiarity with the new information.
An article by Saja Briggs of informED shares a quote giving this idea psychological legitimacy:
“‘We have known these principles for some time, and it’s intriguing that [institutions] don’t pick them up, or that people don’t learn them by trial and error,’ said Robert A. Bjork, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.”