Study Resources for College Students

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The student situation:

As a college student, you’re probably like most people: juggling a busy schedule, trying to balance reading, studying, and doing assignments in between other commitments. Or maybe you lack motivation, aren’t able to focus,  aren’t interested in the topic, or never learned how to study properly.

As the semester begins and you dive into your studies, you see how thick the textbook is. You sigh as you try to start taking notes, but the information is overwhelming. Later in the semester, you start studying for an exam, but then realize you’re spending too much time on searching for the information you read about weeks ago. You groan as you think of how much you need to do for your other classes, not to mention your struggle to focus and understand what is taught.  You know there must be a better way, but you don’t have the time or energy to figure it out.

There is a better way, and that’s what Study Elements can do for you: provide resources to support greater academic success so you can learn how to study properly.

Study Elements has created specific resources to help you not only study, but also understand the information you’re studying. Study Elements offers techniques for asking the right questions, guiding you through the course concepts, utilizing study groups, creating effective notes, and organizing your knowledge. So come on in, take a look at our study guides, articles, and other resources, and develop stronger studying skills.

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How We Help You Learn How To Study

90% of college students say they struggle to find study resources for their courses.

Study Elements promotes on demand study resources for college students through crowdsourcing.  In crowdsourcing, it means that a particular course audience (professor, student or expert) can write study resources and post them to their vendor store in this website.  Go ahead and join, to see what’s all in there.

Psychologists have studied the ways that best allow people to acquire new information, to retain it over time, and to retrieve information that has been stored in our memories. One important finding is that learning is an active process. To acquire information most effectively, we must actively manipulate it.

You can use the resources here to do the following:

  • Organize textbook notes
  • Guide study groups
  • Guide questions to the professors for clarification on content
  • Prepare for exams more efficiently
  • Manipulate information to retain and understand content more thoroughly.

These techniques work together so you can learn how to study more effectively.

 Although simple repetition does help us learn, psychological research has found that we acquire information most effectively when we actively think about or elaborate on its meaning and relate the material to something else.

Study resources here in Study Elements do just that, they will guide you to manipulate and apply the subject concepts through your world knowledge, materials you’ve read/studied or your life experiences.  The purpose is to help you build a deeper level of critical knowledge of the content.

how to study
how to study

This is an invitation: 

Become a resource writer and help other learn how to study effectively!

Not sure how to do it?  It’s quite easy, and if your resources sell, you will profit from it. (Unless you post resources for free, yes you can). So, how do you start?

  • Set up/join your account on http://www.Studyelements.com — it’s free.

  • You need to follow a textbook, like college courses, most require a textbook and professors do use textbooks for their courses.  You can always go to http://www.openstax.org to find free textbooks on many college content courses.   You can compare it to other syllabuses online to verify if the text and the course use the same subjects:

  • If you use openstax be sure to recognize the website in your posting:  (They called me and gave me the OK to promote the use of their website of free online textbooks, they just ask for the recognition in your resources)

  • As you begin to read the text, think of the student trying to retain and learn the information in the text.  The more they can manipulate the information into different activities, the more they will understand and retain that information. This is a huge step in learning how to study effectively!

  • Manipulation of information from the textbook can be in the following ways:  compare and contrast, describe and give examples of, draw and label, define, explain, and simply put yourself in the role of a student in that course. 

  • You can post digital resources where students can manipulate textbook information in digital type forms such as matching in both textbook concepts and content vocabulary.

Really, anything you are skilled at making in a digital form, would be awesome.

  •  Be sure to make and post your TERMS OF USE on the last page of your resource.  This gives directions on your resource, if others can copy and pass out your resource. (for free or to sell it themselves)

  • Go to our Facebook page to initiate discussion with other members and get ideas.