"Students know that they should study. But that doesn't mean that they know how. Memorizing definitions and parroting the textbook might have secured students A grades in high school. In college those habits might earn an F."
This quote from a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the challenges for students transitioning from high school to college level work.
While the article focuses on addressing disparities in education, the tools and techniques Prof. Hogan, a Biology professor at UNC Chapel Hill, recommends are universal:
- Practice - read the textbook before class and prepare any assigned guided reading questions
- Participate in class, keep track of questions
- Organize and review notes from class and ask any lingering questions
- Take advantage of optional resources like peer mentors and tutors
- Spend time studying for the course every day