Why It Matters: Beyond the Classroom

A student taking notes based on his textbook as he reads in the libraryA lot of your learning in college will take place outside of a typical classroom setting. In fact, students are commonly advised to spend two or three hours studying for every hour they spend in the classroom. A lot of these hours will be spent on homework assignments, essays, and studying, but there are a few other ways that you can further deepen your understanding of a topic.

These strategies will help you gain deep learning—in other words, you’ll be able to gain knowledge you can retain and apply, rather than simply learning an fact just to forget it as soon as your test is complete.

In this section, we’ll talk about ways you can enhance your learning: talking to your professors, deepening your learning, being honest, and examining your own past performances.