10 Study Tips for College Students
Everyone is different when it comes down to studying for college courses. Some people find studying to be in their daily routine, but for others they don’t. Here are a few tips that will help everyone, whether they study efficiently or if they do not.
1. Use a day planner
A day planner is the ultimate way to get organized and it helps manage your time. Don’t just use this planner to write down your assignments, but also use it to keep track of the times you will study and for extracurricular activities.
2. Find your learning style
Your learning style is what type of learner you are. For example, one could be a visual learner, which means they need to draw diagrams or use flashcards when studying. Another person could be an auditory learner, which means they learn well just by listening. Just like the fingerprint, each human being is different. Not everyone has the same learning style. You just have to find which one works best for you.
3. Eliminate ALL distractions
If you know that you will not be able to study in your room because of your cell phone or your laptop, then go to the library. It is best if you leave all the distractions elsewhere. Just take the items necessary, i.e.- notes, textbook, calculator, etc., in order to get an adequate study session.
4. Do NOT wait until the night before
Trying to learn a lot of information the night before is not good. Most of the time this causes you to stress, which makes it harder to understand the material. Most cramming sessions result in blackouts on test or anxiety attacks
5. Know when to study and when to party
This goes back to tip number one. If you have a day planner you can map out how much time you have to prepare for an exam and how much time you have to party. Yes, college is a place where you can party every weekend, but just know that sometimes it’s okay not to go. If you know you have a test on Monday skip this party to study, there is nothing wrong with that. After all, you are paying for an education, not a social gathering.
6. Study 2-3 hours out of class
For every hour you spend in class, you should spend at least 2-3 hours out of class studying and reviewing notes.
7. Ask questions
If there is something you do not understand, ask your professor. They are there to help. Utilize their office hours because they create them for you.
Having a growling stomach is a distraction. If you eat before you begin to study then you will be able to focus on your material and not your stomach.
Similar to eating, this is also a distraction. If you are tired or sleepy you will rush through studying because you are trying to go to bed. If you are well rested you will be able to focus on your material.
10. Attend study sessions
Many students do not take advantage of these so the professors may give out extra credit to the ones who do. This is always a plus. Also, depending on the professor they may outline everything that is going to be on the test and what you need to expect. Not all professors do these things, but it’s always good if they do. Ultimately, the study sessions will help you, so utilize them.