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Effective Learning Strategies for College Students & Adult Learners (With or Without Disabilities)


College Students

Whether online or in-person, going to college and taking college courses can be a stressful undertaking, especially if you have difficulties related to learning and retaining information. As a first-generation college student, I was not prepared for college, as my family had no real idea about the college experience. As I progressed, I got better and learned strategies along the way. At some point, I became a good student. I hope the strategies in this document will help you save some time and allow you to delve into college courses headfirst, wholeheartedly ready to take them on.


Study Strategies:

  • Have a regular place for studying or learning where all necessary supplies are kept nearby (i.e., pens, books, paper, computer, etc.)

  • Know where you study/learn best

  • For example, many people learn best in a quiet environment without distractions, so you may want to remove distractions when possible by turning off the tv, turning off the radio, and/or turning off your phone

  • Use study or learning strategies that enlist more than one learning modality (i.e., visual kinesthetic, auditory)

  • Consider using drawings, charts, flashcards, and note-taking to help organize your learning/study materials

  • Create new study tools whenever needed, especially when taking on brand new material

  • Incorporate self-testing to ensure you are retaining what you are trying to learn

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