Share Your Best Study Tips

With everyone getting back into the pace of Seminary life, I thought it would be a good time to talk about study skills. So, use the comments below to share your best advice for academic success in Seminary.

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10 Responses to Share Your Best Study Tips

  1. I’ve never been to seminary. However, my experience in graduate school (Accounting) may be helpful.

    When classes started each term, I tried to be two weeks ahead in reading for the class. I then aimed to maintain that gap throughout the semester. This helped me focus on lectures much better than my peers. It also allowed me to stay ahead of the class should I become sick.

    That was my secret and it kept me at the top of my class.

    Stan McCullarss last blog post..Introduction to The Gospel Coalition

  2. Tony Kummer says:

    When I was in Bible College, I decided to always be the first one in the classroom and last to leave. This assured I always heard the questions people were asking before and after class.

  3. Jerry says:

    One of the greatest blessings that I had during my Seminary days was my secular job. It was such a mindless drudge (school custodian) that my mind could be engaged in other things while performing my duties.

    After you sweep the same floors, empty the same trash cans, and clean the same bathrooms several hundreds of times you don’t have to think about it, and can thus rehash the daily lectures, plan and outline your papers, and think about what might be on that test tomorrow.

    At the time I wondered why some of my classmates had “clean” and “fulfilling” jobs (some in ministry), but in retrospect I see that my job was perfectly suited to my situation. “Don’t waste your job.”

    Jerrys last blog post..Christian Freedom – Introductory Post

  4. Tony Kummer says:

    Set very strict personal deadlines. That paper that takes you 6 weeks to write could be finished in one day. That’s how many students do last minute “all nighters.”

    Why not give yourself the deadline to finish one major paper each weekend at the beginning of the semester. Then you’ll have all semester to revise and improve it while you’re learning.

    Plus, you can watch football in November.

  5. One tip I got was from Dr. Schreiner. He told us that he spends about 5-10 minutes every morning translating the OT so he can keep his Hebrew fresh. He doesn’t use it as much as he uses Greek so this is how he stays fresh. He said that in 10 years of doing this he has translated the entire OT twice! He makes this part of his devotional time. I think this is good because it is a daily reminder to not divorce our academic study from our personal spiritual life. I have tried this with Greek in the mornings and it really does enhance my devotions. Another thing I try to do is divide my reading load up. If I have an insane amount of reading for the semester. I do a little division and figure out how many pages I must read per day to finish all the reading. 15 pages a day for a semester seems much less daunting than 300 pages in 2 days while writing papers and studying for exams.

  6. Adam Winters says:


    “Just Do It” 🙂

    Adam Winterss last blog post..Dr. Mohler: "Let’s Get Dangerous!"

  7. Bill Dodrill says:

    During my college days I discovered that almost all teachers teach from an outline. If you take your notes in outline form you’re more likely to write what the professor is trying to say. Also if you review your outline/notes later the same day, you probably will remember more of the what was said and be able to add it to your notes.

    In Christ
    Bill Dodrill

  8. Brother Hank says:

    Get enough sleep! It makes your day more productive (not snoozing in class, or during extended reading), and of course helps with your overall demeanor. Nobody likes a cranky Baptist…heck, people barely like Baptists nowadays…don’t give ’em any fuel just because you can’t set a decent bedtime for yourself.

    P.S. – Bring your hobbies with you when you study! And by hobbies I mean issues and doctrines that really interest you. You’d be surprised at how much more exciting studying can be when you have something right at hand that you can apply it to. (For me, it’s fighting for a Scriptural valuation of the “wee ones” (aka, children). I know that was a shocker…. :)) Church History, Ethics, or Systematic Theology, it makes no difference, I always have something to evaluate and get my mind zooming around!

    Brother Hanks last blog post..Thinking Theologically about Adoption

  9. You mean sleep is an option?

  10. Tony Kummer says:

    @Terry Delaney: I think Brister was sleeping 4 hours a night for most of his time.

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