In the resource list 50+ Videos, Tips, Techniques, Resources for Academic Success in College, we covered a variety of physical and digital tools and resources, videos, tips, etc., on several aspects of achieving academic success in college.
In this list, we present additional resources in similar categories, as well as digging deeper into the previous categories.
- 40 Study Tips, Tricks & Hacks // Part. 1 offers a goldmine of studying approaches for college students.
- How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips goes beyond typical basic study tips, including: understanding what you do and don’t understand about a topic before you approach the professor for help; spaced repetition; Method of Loci by adding spatial information; and more.
- How to Take Notes Faster offers up tips on how to utilize handout sheets for writing key ideas on, rewriting notes immediately (if they’re from class and illegible), using abbreviations, etc.
- Active Reading // 3 Easy Methods discusses reading any type of material using the Read/ Summary (RS), Memory Boost (MB) and Think Like a Teacher (TLT) active reading methods.
- The 9 BEST Scientific Study Tips has effective suggestions for studying, including: chunking study into shorter sessions spread out over time; organizing notes as if you will teach someone the subject; building a study routine by choosing a consistent time of day; and more.
- In How I Take Notes and Study, the host extends the study and note-taking methods she used to her commerce program in college, including: how to rewrite class notes if you have to; prepping notebook pages for notes; effective highlighting approach; using sticky notes to augment a notebook page; etc.
- HOW I MAKE NOTES and FLASHCARDS | Study techniques explains: how to supplement notes with flashcards; formatting notes for easier studying later; boxing off important formulas/ info; collecting related sets of flashcards; and more.
- 5 WAYS TO USE FLASHCARDS discuses: using several sizes of flashcards; writing exam style questions on them, with relevant diagrams, and model answers on back; printing textbook diagrams onto flashcards; making revision notebooks with flashcards using washi tape; etc.
- Pomodoro Technique – Improve Studying and Productivity covers the basics of Pomodoro, which is away to breakup study sessions into timed intervals coupled with a break. The idea is to acknowledge the limits of our attention spans and the declining ability to absorb information.
- Study Less Study Smart: A 6-Minute Summary of Marty Lobdell’s Lecture provides an under-seven-minute summary of a Pierce College professor’s one-hour lecture on effective studying. Some highlights include: chunking your study sessions; reward system: memorization vs. active learning; getting REM sleep; mnemonics.
- Personality Study Tips – Tools for Better Grades | 4 Tendencies compares Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies of personality with other tests such as Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, Strengths Finder, and explains the strengths and weaknesses, with an explanation of how to apply this info to studies.
- 10 Active Reading Strategies // Study Less Study Smart compares study techniques including: mind maps; selective note-taking (e.g., for concepts for which you are having difficulties understanding); sticky note summaries (one per chapter); practice tests; etc.
- How to study efficiently: The Cornell Notes Method gives an overview of the Cornell Notes method, which has applications beyond high school and college into work and career.
- HOW TO TAKE THE BEST NOTES FOR ANY CLASS presents a range of tips for efficient note-taking, including: use handwritten notes over typed notes; take notes in class, review later; record only new information; etc.
- Top 10 Studying Techniques provides several options for learning, including: make a study guide; organize your class notes; take additional notes from the textbook; use flashcards for vocabulary words; apply spaced repetition; teach others (Feynman Technique); use practice quizzes; etc.
- Study Tips | How I Got a 4.0 GPA has a top student detailing her approach to note-taking and studying, including: taking care of mental and physical health issues first; using binders to collect each class’ syllabus, handouts and notes; using good quality pens; day planners; using the first week in a semester to drop any classes you feel unsure of; making sure to go to all classes; and more.
- 15 Habits of 4.0 Students | How to Get Straight A’s | Study Hacks offers several valuable academic success tips, including: drop classes that you feel you will not do well in; find upperclass friends who have had your professors; send assignments to profs, if allowed; know your limits for study sessions; eliminate all distractions; study to learn, not to memorize; have a game plan for each class; do more than asked for (selectively).
- Study LESS, Study SMART – What I Wish I Knew in College offers up effective study lessons learned in college, including: active vs. passive learning; using practice quizzes; finding a suitable study environment, even if it means occasionally changing it; choosing solo or small group studying; the Pomodoro timing technique; writing vs. typing and several more.
- How I take notes on my iPad Pro in medical school (2018) compares the note-taking experience on an Apple iPad using Notability vs. OneNote tablet apps, as well as some of the techniques the host uses to take digital notes.
Are there are several ways to take notes with a visual component. Here are some of them.
- Want to learn better? Start mind mapping is a TED Talk lecture by Hazel Wagner, PhD, on the benefits of using mind mapping for studying, learning, memorization, retention for any subject, as well as for work.
- How I take notes (neat and effective) is studytee’s video on a visually structured and attractive way to take notes using two colors of pen, bullet notes, colored headings/ subheadings, downward arrows, diagrams and more.
- An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking provides an intro guide to the process of sketchnoting, as used by teacher Doug Neill.
- How to draw to remember more is a TED Talk that shows easy ways to draw notes for better memory and retention.
- What is The Bullet Journal Method? provides an insightful look at the Bullet Journal (BuJo) method for note taking and mindfulness, from Ryder Carroll (creator of the BuJo). This is a method that is applicable to studying, researching, journaling, etc.
- Beginner’s Guide to Bullet Journaling | How to Start a Bullet Journal is the first in a series of videos covering the use of the Bullet Journal method (with any suitable notebook) — suitable for college studies.
- Why I Stopped Bullet Journaling indicates some of the reasons not everyone will succeed in studying using the Bullet Journaling (BuJo) method of note-taking, plus some of the mistakes to avoid.
- The ULTIMATE Bullet Journal Notebook Comparison compares over a dozen notebooks that can be used for the bullet journal (BuJo) method.
- How to Create a Good Note Taking System for Your Needs! (1/3) is the first in a three-part series of videos discussing some “rules” for a good note taking system, the host’s own Mistral system [part 2], and some note organization tips [part 3].
- In how to take organized notes and study effectively!, the host details her approach to notes, including: using strong headings, an index, structured bullet points, rewriting class notes, adding diagrams, supplement with sticky notes and more.
- While not strictly about academic note-taking, 2018 bullet journal set up covers how to setup a bullet journal (non-brand) if you decide to the method for your college courses.
- How I Make My Flashcards covers one student’s detailed approach to using and maintaining flashcards for note-taking, plus some of the stationery she uses in tandem.
- How to Take Awesome Notes! Creative Note-Taking Hacks shows some alternative note-taking tips that make important information stand out and easier to locate when studying.
- How I Organize my Notes as an Engineering Student (iPad Pro) discusses the benefits of note-taking on a tablet, especially easy note editing, easy of embedding diagrams and digital images and writing over top, etc.
- Bullet Journal Lettering + Doodling is another video on general bullet journaling approaches, including doodling, which can be applied to academic note taking.
Productivity and Study Aids
Listening to music can not only calm you but if you can help with memory recall later, provided there are no distracting vocals. Below are some of the many instrumental “binaural beats” videos on YouTube suitable for studying with, as well as tips on become a top student.
- The YellowBrickCinema channel on YouTube not only has a range of music for studying, brain power, meditation and sleep, it has the top-viewed video (96+ Million views) in the “binaural beats” category.
- How to Become a Straight A Student presents a valuable summary of the book “How to Become a Straight-A Student” (Cal Newport), complete with a few featured study tips.
- The Greenred Productions channel on YouTube provides videos that they describe as “meditation music with binaural beats and healing frequencies,” and has several videos for concentration and study.
- Jordan Peterson’s Ultimate Advice for Students and College Grads – STOP WASTING TIME may surprise you with how much time you might be wasting, telling yourself that you’re studying. Peterson’s talk also suggests approaches for managing procrastination.
- Magnetic Minds is yet another YouTube channel with binaural beat audio for concentration, studying and memory, amongst others.
- In Speed Learning: Learn In Half The Time, Jim Kwik, a Mindvalley regular presenter, talks about how he transformed his learning problems into speed learning for all kinds of purposes.
- Messy notes becoming increasingly useless over time. If you can’t avoid it in class, at least watch How to Improve your Handwriting | For Note-Taking and Journaling to learn some tips you can apply when you rewrite your notes.
- How to change and improve your handwriting offers more tips on improving your handwritten for handwriting, as well as some options for “handwriting” fonts you can use as visual inspiration.
- In SUPER FAST CLASS – Handwriting, calligrapher/ designer Kristina Werner gives four of her best tips on handwriting improvement, which you can apply to your college studies.
- In How to Improve Handwriting, Calligraphy Masters — a channel that profiles beautiful and/or striking lettering work — provides a writing session with three tips on improving handwriting: slow down; write smaller; keep practicing.
- Watch How to take efficient and neat notes – 10 note taking tips to pickup a handful of tips on note taking, including: keep one notebook/ binder per subject (better organized); color-code your notes per chapter; use colored ink to write out important terms; and S T A R Sentences method.
- 3 Steps to Read Faster – Truth on Speed Reading makes clear that not everyone believes that speed reading is useful, and discusses that the approach is different for novels versus studying a subject.
- Some colleges require undergrads in certain degree program to learn a foreign language. Even if not, there are still benefits to be multilingual over being unilingual. How to learn any language in six months shows you some techniques on learning a language quickly.
- Want your handwritten notes to be so neat that they look as is printed from a computer? Watch How to Write Neatly + Improve Your Handwriting for tips.
- There are several note-taking tablet apps that one student or another will swear by. HOW I WRITE NEATLY ON THE IPAD 2018 (APPLE PENCIL + GOODNOTES) covers how to effectively use Goodnotes on an iPad with Apple Pencil stylus.
- Memorize Academy is a YouTube channel with over 30 videos exploring various memory improvement tips and techniques applicable to high school and college.
- How To Remember Everything You Learn reviews some of the thoughts from the free online MOOC “Learning How to Learn,” including the difference between being informed after consuming information versus actually understand that information.
- Lack of focus kills your ability to study effectively. How I stay focused – 10 tips for focusing provides some suggestions to build focus, including: study outside of your bedroom; write down goals for each study session; use soothing background sounds or instrumental music; keep your phone away from your desk; keep only study-session-specific items on your desk; and several more.