I started my college career at Georgia Tech by failing my chemistry midterm exam – 66/140, to be exact! I had prepared for it the same way I had prepared for high school tests, by reading the book and paying attention in class. I thought I was studying, but I really didn’t know how.
Lots of people dropped that course later that same day and changed majors so they could avoid the tough chemistry series, but I didn’t. I knew I could stay with it and maybe fail to reach my goals, or I could drop the class and definitely give up on my hopes and dreams forever. I created a study routine for myself and started to learn to study. That quarter (we were on the quarter system back then) I studied chemistry for two hours each weekday and four hours each weekend day, because I had a lot of lost ground to make up. But over the next few months and years, I honed my study skills and learned how to get terrific grades the rest of my college career.
Four years later I graduated from Georgia Tech With Highest Honor, and later I went on to various other classes on a graduate level as I worked in industry. A few years later I also got a second bachelor’s by going to school in the evenings while I worked – this one in Computer and Information Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham – with a 4.0 average. I know how to study now!
When it gets specific, this site will most likely be heavily slanted toward studying technical and scientific matter. Of course good study skills translate across all disciplines, but I can also tell you a lot more about about working problems or getting the most out of labs. I can’t tell you the best way to write a poem or analyze literature.
I plan to share with you my tips and tricks, as well as lots of good quality resources which weren’t even around when I was a student. I hope this will be a good place for you to take a quick look, get the tools you need, and get back to studying so you can reach your goals and enjoy your life!
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