And they found a servant from among Our servants to whom we had given mercy from us and had taught him from Us a [certain] knowledge. (Quran: Al-Kahf: 85)

Study Tips!

A Reposting of Study Tips/Learning Style (Older Students)


  • Take lecture notes
  • Underline, highlight, or circle printed material
  • Borrow others’ notes, compare to own
  • Draw pictures in notes to illustrate ideas
  • Use a variety of colors-in pens, highlighters, note cards, etc. for different categories or concepts
  • After reading, review notes or underlined material to reinforce learning
  • Write it out!
  • Use outlines, pictures, graphs, charts and diagrams
  • Use a plastic cover with erasable markers to label diagrams over and over, or to test yourself writing answers to questions
  • Visualize spelling of words or facts to be memorized
  • Test yourself by visualizing main ideas or questions and write the details or answers
  • Read black and white text and convert information into pictures, maps, diagrams, sketches, lists, etc.
  • Make mind maps to look at spatial relationships
  • Rewrite or redraw things from memory
  • Look at professors and others when they talk to help you focus and to pick up on body language
  • Make and use flashcards for studying (vocabulary, formulas, condensed notes, etc.)
  • Use computers to organize material and to create graphs, tables, charts
  • Study in a quiet place away from verbal disturbances
  • Make your study area visually appealing


  • Study in groups and talk things out
  • Get a small tape recorder
  • Record lectures, tutoring and study groups (makes a verbal record for review)
  • Reduce lecture notes to main ideas (3:1) and put them on tape
  • Read texts out loud or into recorder
  • Listen to lecture/text tapes while driving
  • Dictate papers, to be typed later
  • Read questions aloud
  • Work out problems aloud
  • Sit in the front of the class
  • Learn by participating in class discussions and debates
  • Make speeches and presentations
  • Create musical jingles or mnemonics to aid memorization
  • Use verbal analogies and story telling to demonstrate your point
  • Read explanations out loud
  • To learn a sequence of steps, write them out in sentences, then read them aloud
  • Explain ideas to other people
  • Recite, recite, recite
  • Discuss your ideas verbally whenever possible, even if you’re having a conversation with yourself!


  • Get hands on-in labs for example-don’t just watch someone else do it
  • Use models to study-of the human brain, DNA, etc.
  • Draw charts or diagrams of relationships
  • Skim through reading material to get a rough idea of what it’s about before looking for details
  • Use finger or bookmark as a guide while reading
  • Write, copy, underline and highlight with bright colors
  • Trace letters and words to learn spelling and to remember facts
  • Use the computer to edit and rewrite lecture notes
  • Take frequent study breaks
  • Write out everything
  • Transfer reduced information to flashcards
  • Move around to learn new things (i.e. read while walking or on an exercise bike, mold a piece of clay to learn a new concept)
  • Work in a standing position
  • Study or brainstorm while walking or working out
  • Study with a friend or group
  • Use a non-distracting movement while you learn (i.e. tapping pencil, shaking foot, chewing gum, holding something)
  • Chew a different flavor of gum with each subject you study
  • Try listening to non-distracting music
  • Use musical rhythms for memorization patterns
  • Make rearranging items a physical activity (don’t draw connecting arrows-put them on separate cards to physically rearrange)
  • Rewrite information to be remembered
  • Act things out (use gestures when speaking, point to material being read or discussed)

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