Study Technique: Flashcards

flashcardsThere are many different ways to study, and some techniques work better for certain subjects than others. Some students prefer certain study techniques over others. Regardless of the technique used, there are some guidelines that apply to all study techniques.

  • Always begin you study session reviewing the oldest material first. As the week progresses always review the oldest materials-what you began studying at the beginning of the week-at the start of your study session. This helps solidify old material in your memory.
  • Always have goals for your study session. Don’t just grab you materials and try to figure out what you should be studying as you go. Instead, beforehand figure out what you plan to accomplish for the study session. Do you want to memorize a certain number of vocabulary words or a certain number of flashcards?
  • Be sure to take a ten minute break every hours. You  need to give yourself a chance to move around and relax.

Flashcards are a great study technique because:

  • You actually study as you create them.
  • You can mix up their order to challenge how well you know the material.
  • They make it easy for you to have goals for you study session. For example, you could plan to go through 25 flashcards as a part of your study session goal.

There are many online sites where you can search for flashcards by subject or create your own. You can even share them with fellow students. Here are just a few to check out: CardkiwiQuizlet, Flashcard Machine, Studyblue, and Cram. Want a mobile version? Search for ‘flashcards’ on your Apple or Andriod device. You will find free and paid versions.

Be sure to view our short tutorial on How to Study for more great tips on study techniques!

Surviving Finals

The Thanksgiving holiday is over and that means finals will soon be here! It’s time to finish up those final projects, reports and missing assignments. Add studying for finals on top of that and it can seem a bit overwhelming! But with a few simple tips it can be manageable. Below are a few of these simple tips from Texas Tech University’s Support Operations for Academic Retention. Don’t forget to check out our tutorials on How to Study and Test Taking Tips!


Study Habits

Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. A few keys to successful studying include having a study schedule, finding the right study space, and identifying which study technique(s) works best for you. We cover these three topics in our short tutorial How to Study.

Do you use a study technique? Do you know what type of learner you are – visual, auditory, kinesthetic, read-write? Knowing what type of learner you are can help in determining the best study technique for you. Check out this infographic to learn more about the best study practices for each type of learner and for “tips, tricks, dos and don’ts to learn smarter. ”


Are You a Procrastinator?

Pro·cras·it·na·tion [proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuhn] – the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. (

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Read below for tips on how to overcome some types of procrastination.


Work, family, chores, and school? Most of us procrastinate sometimes, but some of us let procrastination determine our lives. With the semester underway and midterms approaching, procrastination could put you behind or worse, you could end up with a failing grade.

Do you have trouble getting started?

  • Start with a small step.
  • Stick to a schedule.
  • Use a mentor.
  • Reward yourself!

Are you a perfectionist or afraid of failure?

  • Don’t go solo (work with others).
  • Set small goals.
  • Make time for success.

But I work best under pressure!

  • Set your own deadlines.
  • Stick to your schedule.
  • Leave time for review.

Are you too busy?

  • Determine how many credit you can handle before registering for classes.
  • Include your classes/assignments in your daily calendar.
  • Use a to-do list.

For more explanation on these tips and some basic time management skills, view our tutorial: Time Management for Students.

A Good Semester Start

A+ Grade on Homework

Starting your semester off with good habits is easier than trying to break bad habits halfway through. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start!

Get organized
Organization play a big role in having a successful semester. Read through your course syllabus and add assignment and due dates to your calendar. Check out our tutorial on Time Management for some tips on finding time, managing time, and avoiding procrastination!

Be realistic about your time
Don’t overcommit yourself. Be cautious about taking on extra responsibilities at home or work, especially if you are taking more than 3 credits.

Take notes
Taking notes is a key part of being successful in college. Taking notes forces you to pay attention to what you are listening to or reading. Not taking also helps you do a better job of remembering what you learn. We’ve created a great tutorial on Note Taking for lectures as well as for reading.

Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. Find out about three keys to successful studying in our How to Study tutorial.

Maintain your health
With classes underway, you should still aim for getting the same amount of sleep every night. It is important to continue to have free time and exercise time. You should add free time and exercise to your daily calendar just as you would an appointment or class assignment. Eating a healthy diet will also help keep you mentally sharp.

Soon you’ll have papers to write and research to do. Be sure to check out our other tutorials on Basic Grammar, How to Write an Essay, and how to avoid Plagiarism.

Online Learning Tips and College Success Tutorials

plannerWlaptopWelcome back! Start your fall semester off on the right track! Subscribe to the TIps for Student Success blog and receive email notification when we add new tutorials and post great articles about online learning skills and academic success!

Visit the blog’s tutorial page to view short, online tutorials that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills. Current topics are: Plagiarism, Writing an Essay, Basic Grammar, Note Taking, Test Taking Tips, How to Study, Time Management and Email Etiquette. Feel free to leave comments and email us with suggestions for future tutorials or posts. We’re here to help you succeed!

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Back to School Success for Non-Traditional Students

Karen Watts, Instructor and Trainer at Bellingham Technical College Business Department and Tutoring Center, writes about back to school success for non-traditional students in a two-part article (Back to School: Success Tips for Non-Traditional Students) for

Part 1 touches on two concerns facing students: 1) the cost of education and 2) course selection and time management.

Part 2 looks at some misconceptions of online learning. Many people still assume that online learning is easier than face-to-face classes. “Online students need excellent time management skills and a great degree of internal motivation. Solid reading comprehension and writing skills are a must for most subjects taught online.”

Technology skills are also necessary for successful online learning. Watts has these tips for online students:

  • Honestly assess your computer and time management skills as well as learning style before registering for an online class
  • Do a technology check before the class starts to make sure you have the hardware and software you need to access the course and create documents
  • Create a technology emergency plan identifying how you will access the class if your home computer or Internet connection crashes
  • Develop a routine where you organize your files for classes in one drive and regularly back them up in a second drive

Read both articles using the links above!

The Successful Online Student

Reblogged from b online learning. Written by Reese Jones, July 30, 2013.laptop with books and apple

What Does It Take To Be An Online Student?

  1. Have excellent skills in technology
  2. Be motivated to learn
  3. Communicate effectively and intellectually
  4. Time management is everything
  5. Develop critical thinking skills

Read Reese’s short article on each of these qualities.

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Successful eLearning

computer with books and diplomaHere are 10 Tips to Help You Pass Online College by Lori Greenberg at Classes and Careers. Read the short article for more information on each tip!

  1. Accept that online doesn’t mean faster
  2. Practice good time management*
  3. Pay attention to course requirements and scheduling
  4. Pay attention to body mechanics
  5. Know your distractions*
  6. Engage with other students and create interaction
  7. Notes are not just for classrooms*
  8. Manage your space, but not the way you think
  9. Be tech savvy*
  10. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

*Remember, we have short tutorials to help you be more successful in your online classes: time management, how to study, note takingemail etiquette, and more!

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