Study Skills to Master Early: Creating Success 


Starting your academic journey and wondering how to manage? Not sure if your high school study tactics are leveled up enough for college? We have the inside scoop on master study tips. Find out how to create success and study proactively… 

Time Management 

One of the most critical study skills to master is time management. With multiple classes, assignments, and commitments, it’s crucial to prioritize your tasks and allocate your time effectively. Create a schedule or use a planner to organize your study sessions, classwork, and extracurricular activities. Set realistic goals and deadlines for each task and avoid procrastination. By managing your time efficiently, you’ll reduce stress, improve productivity, and ensure you have enough time for studying, attending classes, and engaging in other college activities. 

Active Listening and Note-Taking

Being an active listener and effective note-taker are skills that can significantly enhance your learning experience at college. During lectures, actively engage by paying close attention, taking thorough notes, and asking questions. Review your notes after each class, highlight key concepts, and summarize the main points. This practice will help reinforce your understanding of the material, assist in exam preparation, and ensure you don’t miss any important details. If you encounter difficulties, don’t hesitate to contact your instructors or fellow students for clarification. 

Reading Strategies 

As you progress through your studies, you’ll encounter various textbooks and academic materials. Developing effective reading strategies will enable you to absorb information efficiently. Start by skimming through the content to get an overview, then read actively by highlighting key points and taking notes. Look up unfamiliar terms or concepts and create a glossary for future reference.  You may also consider joining or forming study groups to discuss readings and exchange ideas. Active reading not only enhances comprehension but also fosters critical thinking skills, helping you excel in assignments and exams. 

Utilizing College Resources 

Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College offer a wealth of resources to support your academic journey. Take advantage of the college’s library, student success center, Trio (for first-gen, low income and disabled students) and academic advisors. The library supplies access to a vast array of research materials, while the Student Success Center offers tutoring services offer one-on-one help in challenging subjects, resume help and more. Our academic advisors can guide you in choosing the right courses and planning your academic path. By using these resources, you’ll gain more support, improve your skills, and increase your chances of academic success. 

Creating Your Success  

Mastering essential study skills early on is key to unlocking your full potential during college. By effectively managing your time, actively engaging in classes, developing efficient reading strategies, and using college resources, you’ll build a strong foundation for academic excellence. These skills go beyond college and will serve you well throughout your educational journey and future career endeavors. Embrace the learning process and make the most of your time at MCC or ECC