Help! No matter how hard I try I keep failing in college.., I've done everything there is: reading all the chapters taking notes, time management. Nothing works. My lifes been going downhill since freshman yr and ice realized that I have 0 sense of problem solving skills. What r some of study method /attitude tips that's helped you conquer the dreaded college finals??
As Janice has stated, it really depends on your major... what is it that you're studyinging? If it's a a buisness or science course that makes you stay on top of your game in following through with labs/stats... that's something you need to make time for in doing all your work assigments, getting involved in your tutorial sessions, making detailed notes and taking the time to review them.
If they're sociology courses, I find it easiest if I stay on top of all my readings before my lectures/tutorials - making notes and learning the concepts and making connections to other courses. With that, once lectures come, I'm able to add aditional notes. Once tutorials come, I'm able to discuss and raise key quistions on readings I don't understand.
All in all, don't be hard on yourself, fresman year is a massive shock from high school. The new ways of "independant learning" is something you'll soon addapt to. Bottom line is to know that education does not come from textbooks, but from living out what you learn and being driven with fresh ideas :) Good luck on your finals!!
It really does depend on how you, yourself learn but here are some things I've done.
What sort of courses are you taking? Are they math or science like courses with equations and calculations? Or are they sociology, anthropology or other liberal-art like courses?
For courses like math and sciences, really, the best way is to do them over and over and over again. Do all the homework in the textbook, do the practice tests in the textbook, if the professor provides a past final, do that past final, study it, make notes on it.
When it comes to liberal-art like courses where it really, mostly comes down to memorization I find simply taking notes and reading doesn't work for me. I find it much better when I can collaborate with fellow students where we explain things to each other, talk about it, ask each other questions, I find that works for me.