Study Resources for College Students

how to study

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.

how to study

Preparing for tests often involves more than just knowing facts, figures, formulas and definitions.  Many professors expect you to demonstrate critical thinking, which involves more than just memorizing.  You need to organize and process course concepts, so that you can increase your comprehension, and the ability to think critically on the content covered in the course.

How do study guides help you?

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

Study Elements promotes on demand study resources for college students.

The purpose of study guides is to organize information from textbooks and class lectures so that you can increase your comprehension and retain content you learned. 

Study guides that are visual are even more effective, because it helps you see and manipulate related concepts, thus promotes you to make meaningful connections with the course content.   It then results in the higher level learning expected by many of your professors.

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 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
  • Set up/join your account on — 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 to find free textbooks on many college content courses.  Compare it to your course syllabus  to verify if the text and the course use the same subjects.  The content maybe on  different  chapters,  but the information is the same.
  • 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  follow the directions and organize the text information as presented in the study guide to support you through the learning process. 
  • Go to our Facebook page, give feedback/reviews or suggestions for needed study guides for your course.