Studying like an honor student

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


EACH student has his or her own study habits or routines to help them cope up with their academics. But if you're striving for an honor student award, perhaps an input from academic achievers may help you get that much-coveted prize.

Take into account the study habit of Czar Aliver Namang, a cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Davao University's Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication program. He said he is not much of a bookworm as he would rather take down notes and ensure that he understands the discussion by frequently asking questions to the professor.

When preparing for an exam, Namang said: "I read the book a week before the exam but it is more on skimming just to know the idea. But 3 days before until the night before the exam, I read my notes and make a short reviewer. I study out loud like because I find it easier to understand the topic when I hear myself. I also prefer studying in a noisy environment like turning on the television but not necessarily watching it."

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Namang has somehow developed a photographic memory as well citing that anything he reads from his notes, he can picture out when he stares on the wall. He also said that is why he likes essays so much because he can memorize multiple or full blocks of texts.

Rvin John Servillon, who acquired his bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science with Magna Cum Laude honors, also has the same skill but his routine and habit is more technical. He said he follows a system to enhance is memory wherein he tries recall every chronological details of what he has done throughout the day before he sleeps. He said he applies this system as reflection and meditation exercise. He also said he utilizes the "21 days to form a habit" routine to discipline himself and allowing himself to become better in goal-setting, planning, implementing, evaluating and adjusting his actions.

When studying, Servillon said: "I tend to read and understand all topics and organize it by arranging the whole topic in a one-page diagram." Servillon admitted that he first plays games particularly the PC game Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) before preparing his studying paraphernalia which include a cup of coffee, water, highlighters and sheets of coupon bonds.

But for Reuben Cabrera, a perennial honor student in high school who is currently taking up a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao, his study habit is more straight-up conventional as he takes his subjects head on by reading books and practicing mathematical equations.

"I first prepare my studying materials and take a bath kasi nakakawalang gana mag-aral kung mainit at malagkit. I also prefer silence kasi pag may music, lumalabas sa utak ko yung lyrics ng kanta. I don't take any breaks when I study. Ang break ko lang is pag kakain ng lunch or dinner. Ayaw ko kasi na late na matulog or abotin ng madaling araw kaya when I study walang break." Cabrera said.

He added that he varies his studying position by either lying on the bed or sitting down in front of the study table. The hours that Cabrera puts in when studying also varies depending on the subject matter at hand but he said he averages at least one hour of study every day.

But their preferred studying habits may not be very effective when you apply it. That is why it still boils down on identifying your strengths and weaknesses and proper time management to develop a study habit that could increase your chances of becoming an honor student.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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