11 Tips for Successful Studying

In high school, you may not have had to try very hard to get the grades you wanted.  College is a whole different ball game.  Follow these tips to help you be successful in your college endeavors.


  1. Be Organized
    Have study time scheduled into your days, write everything down, and be prepared for every class.
  2. Have Goals
    Have a list of goals written down in the front of your planner and also write weekly goals in your planner for that week. This way, you know that you are taking baby steps towards your ultimate goals.
  3. Go to Office Hours
    If you are struggling in a class or simply struggling with grasping a concept in one of your classes, go to tutoring or office hours. Most professors love their subject, and WANT you to learn.
  4. Study everyday
    Even just skimming your notes from the last lecture the ten minutes prior to class can help you retain class information and not have to spend your time cramming the last few days before the test.
  5. Rewrite your notes
    So whether your notes from class are hand-written or typed, take the time to sit down and re-write them by hand. It’s a great way to review the material and helps a lot if you had difficulties understanding a particular lecture.
  6. Make Flashcards
    Plus, they are perfect to keep in your backpack to review during the ten minute wait before your next class starts. Remember, every little bit counts.
  7. Know what to do before AND after class
    Whether its readings, notes from the book, making flashcards, or even listening to the lecture again, know what you need to do before and after each of your classes.
  8. Turn of distractions
    I promise, that snap will be waiting for you when you’re done studying
  9. Take breaks
    Spend 40 minutes studying, then 20 goofing off.  It will help you focus better when you are studying.
  10. Join a study group
    Having someone else explain the material to you in a way other than the professor can help you get a handle on the material.  A difference in perspectives is crucial.
  11. Make a list of questions
    If you are reviewing information for an upcoming class lecture and are confused on some of the topics, make a list of questions on what confused you.  That way you have something to reference when talking to the professor or TA.

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