Nina Berler, College and Career Readiness Specialist
Depending on what you are studying and the course curriculum, you may have some really good resources right in front of you. I found that many students who (still) have textbooks don’t always realize the wealth of information they contain, including chapter summaries, glossaries, and timelines. Whether you need to clarify definitions, sequence items, or just gain better understanding, use these resources! If your text is strictly online, it should still have these capabilities, perhaps even better.
More and more, teachers are working out problems and posting them online. If that’s the case, understand what is available to you. Math teachers, for example, may show their solutions to difficult problems, the same types of problems that are likely to appear on tests and quizzes.
One technique that really helps is to set up an online journal to recap the key points in lectures and link examples. This is a way to reinforce learning and identify gaps and areas where you may need to see the teacher. And speaking of seeing the teacher, that’s a sure way to be sure you’re studying the right material, particularly before exams.
Finally, identify a time of day that works for you to regularly review notes and key ideas from classes rather than waiting until the last minute.