Want to ace your college classes this year? Read this! We have some study tips to help you improve your academic performance. You’ll love it!
There’s a lot more to college than football games, frat parties, and spring break road trips.
Will those experiences create lifelong memories that you’ll treasure forever? Probably, sure.
But despite all the fun temptations, you can’t lose sight of the real reason you’re there — your education.
Your job as a college student is to get your degree and set yourself up for a successful career. And that means you’ll need to do your fair share of studying.
After all, your main goal should be to pass your classes with flying colors so you can graduate on time!
Ready to put yourself on the path to summa-cum-laude status and career success? Here are seven proven study habits to ace your classes.
It’s important to remember that, as a college student, you actually have a job. And that job is to get good grades and graduate so that the investment in your education has long-lasting rewards.
Treat studying like a job. Think of it as just one of the many tasks you have to do at work, and put it on your schedule.
Create a study plan and stick to it. Carve out certain hours on certain days to focus strictly on reviewing what you learned in class that week. Be diligent, commit to your studies, and don’t deviate from the plan.
If you can follow these rules, you’ll never have to spend a sleepless night cramming for exams again!
Set aside a block of time every day or every other day. Review class notes and catch up on your required reading on a weekly basis. By doing so, you’ll never fall behind.
You’ll also learn some critical time management skills.
If you can balance your classes with your social life and a part-time job, you’ll build the strong time management skills you’ll need when you graduate!
If you live in a dorm, you probably have roommates. And if you have roommates, you already know that they can be noisy sometimes.
When your dorm room is noisy or distracting, you’ll need a place to get your work done. Scour your campus to find a coffee shop, a communal space in the student center, or a quiet corner of the library. It’s crucial that you have a place you can retreat to when you need silence.
Find your favorite study space, then find a back-up space in case someone steals your first choice.
Taking good notes in class can have a long-lasting effect on your study habits. The more productive you are in class, the easier it will be to recap what you learned throughout the week.
Spend some time every day organizing your notes. Create folders for different subjects, and keep papers and notes organized at all times. If you can do this, you’ll save valuable time when you sit down for a review session.
Begin each review session with a goal in mind.
Maybe you want to do a general review of your class notes. Maybe there’s one area of the course that you’re stuck on.
Whatever the case, set a goal for yourself so you have a clear plan as to what you want to accomplish.
If you haven’t met your goal at the end of your session, it may be time to look for a tutor or join a study group to help you problem-solve.
Some people prefer to work alone, while others find it helpful to review class notes with a partner or two. If you like learning from other students, it’s time to find a study group.
Make use of all of your available resources. Connect with classmates who are taking the same course with the same professor. If you can find one or two people to study with on a regular basis, you’ll be one step ahead of the game come finals.
If you need one-on-one help, look for a tutor. Find a junior or senior who has already taken the class and ask if they can tutor you. You can even ask your professor to recommend a star student that might be willing to help.
You’ll never be productive if you’re not healthy. If you want to develop good study habits, you need to develop good nutritional habits and personal habits as well.
By eating well and exercising regularly, you’ll be more productive and have more energy to study.
And no matter how dedicated you are to your classes, you can’t bury your nose in a book all the time. Work in some time to be social, go out with friends, and enjoy yourself.
Having an active social life can make it easier to focus on studying when need be.
Whether you’re a college freshman, a CEO of a tech firm, or a brain surgeon, you need the proper amount of sleep to function at your highest level.
All adults should aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. And while it can be tempting to sacrifice sleep to study for a big exam, that can be counterintuitive.
Without the proper amount of sleep, you probably won’t remember what you studied anyway!
Rather than giving up sleep for studying, establish good sleeping habits. Doing so will help you keep your brain healthy so you can work and retain information at optimal levels!
Ready to develop better study habits? Here’s what you need to do:
- Plan your study time
- Find a good study environment
- Make the most of your class time
- Set a goal for each study session
- Make use of tutors and study groups
- Take care of yourself
- Get plenty of sleep
If you can put these seven rules into action, college will be a breeze! You’ll ace your classes, you’ll have more free time for fun, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful adult!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Hawthorne SLC on a daily basis to help them with their marketing efforts.