In this study, I took a look at how the preparation, application, practice method of study is directly correlated to improving one's retention, and ultimately, one's grade point average. In previous semesters, I would hold off on doing any school work until the very last minute. After I begun utilizing this technique this semester, I compared my personal knowledge and retention of material from before I started using this method to my personal knowledge and retention of material after I started using this method. The results were drastic and it only consists of three, simple, non-time consuming steps. The things that create success in the long run don't look like they'e having any impact in the short run. In other words, you will learn little by little. This is better for retention of knowledge in the long run.
Before class, take a look at the lesson you are going to be taught. Print out materials such as power points, documents, and any additional materials and bring them to class.
Econ professor's Power Point that I printed out, brought to class, and extended my notes off of
During class, take notes and attempt to gain an understanding of the material. Focus on the lesson overview and prepare any questions that you may have on details to ask the professor after class.
When reviewing for an exam you will be practicing the material for a lot more than a few minutes, however, it only needs to take 15 - 30 minutes after class each day to practice what you learned in class. The key is to review immediately after class for the maximum result.
When you prepare before class, apply your prep work in class, and practice after class, every day, you will learn the material in the subject of interest faster and more comfortably. By the end of each week on Friday, I noticed a significant difference in my knowledge of the material. In life there is no staying in the same place. There are no straight lines; everything curves. If you are not improving, you are hurting yourself. If you are not studying consistently, you will have to study a lot more all at once, and you won't be able to retain nearly as much. What's uncomfortable now becomes comfortable later. What's comfortable now becomes uncomfortable later. This applies to the consistency factor in this study. When you do something every day, it adds up and when exam time comes around, you will feel more confident and won't have to cram. It turns out I'm not a slow learner, I just hadn't taken initiative yet. By the time you get your (positive) feedback, the real work is already done.