When first beginning college, students often wonder how successful they will be with the transition from high school work to college work. One of the most challenging aspects of this transition can be: studying. Studying, although simple in theory, can be much harder to implement. Additionally, there are a variety of helpful hints that can help you to get the most out of your time when studying.
1.) Choose Which Person You Are In Terms of Your Distractions/Noise Level
Some people need complete silence. If you are this person then go to the college library’s “No-Talking” section and give yourself that peace and quiet. If you are the kind of person who needs a small amount of background noise consider studying in your room with some light background music. Make sure you don’t find other people to be your small background noise because you may get sidetracked and fall into their conversation.
You also need to think about your distractions in terms of cell phones. We are always texting, e-mailing, and in general messing around on our cell phones. If you are awaiting an important message or call then you may need to leave your phone on otherwise you will just consistently check it and waste time. However, if you are not waiting on an important message then you need to turn your phone off and put it out of reach. Too many distractions is only going to hurt you and ruin your train of thought.
2.) Find Your Study Method, AND Then Regardless Of What It Is…..Take Notes
Every college student needs to learn what works best for them. I know some of my friends are big auditory learners. They record themselves on tape reading their notes and then listen to it over and over again instead of re-reading their notes over and over again. Personally, I am an “observant learner” I absorb things so I do well with reading the texts, writing the notes, and listening to the Professor and myself recite my notes. I am not much of a “hands-on learner”. Find what works for you and do it!
Once again though, regardless of what your study method is, you need to take notes. You also need to review them. Make sure you set aside five-ten minutes a day per class to simply go over your notes even if you do not have any work for the class. In creative classes, this could be “mojo” time or thinking time although usually I like extended periods of mojo time to really come up with any creative ideas.
3.) Be Active/Get a Break…..Just Remember to Return
If you are reading for six hours, you will get tired. It will take you twice as long to do some things as you spend so much time sitting. You need to make sure that, at least for every few hours, you go ahead and take a walk outside (especially if it’s chilly) drink some coffee, do a 30 second bridge/back bend (which has been scientifically proven to give you as much energy as drinking a cup of coffee, not bad eh?) or get up and dance for a song. Do something that gets your blood pumping and makes you feel alive. Even call a friend you haven’t spoken with in awhile or your parents, as long as it’s something that makes you happy, to give yourself a break. It’s recommended that you take a 5 minute break for every hour you spend studying. 10 minute break for every hour you spend studying after three hours.
I hope that this article may have helped you learn more about what you can do to make the most of your time when studying. It’s very important to study. You need to keep your scholarships if you have any, learn so that you can actually earn a living with your new knowledge, work towards your future, and work towards your career. I wish you the best of luck!