Studying efficiently can make a difference!
One of the keys to a good experience in college or career school is developing good study habits. Studying poorly or inefficiently can take up extra time and result in poor grades. The more you study in an efficient, organized manner, the more success you will find. Try to develop these study habits, and see what a difference it makes!
Tip 1: Treat your studies like your job
When you are in college or career school, your classes and your studying are your job. Skipping classes or failing to study will affect your ability to do well on homework and tests. Once your grades start slipping, it’s hard to pull yourself back up. Instead, try to treat your schoolwork like a job. Attend all classes and set aside specific hours for studying. Show up for your study time every day just like you would show up for a job.
Tip 2: Give yourself space
If you’re trying to study while people around you are watching TV or having a party, odds are you won’t get much done. Do yourself a favor, and find a specific place to study that is free from distractions. You might like your bedroom, a spot in the library, or a favorite coffee shop. Whatever it is, make sure you can get into the zone and really focus while you are there.
Tip 3: Give yourself time
With the intensive courses in college and career school, you can’t expect to just squeeze in your studies around your other activities. Instead, you should choose specific study hours each week and commit yourself to sticking with them. Studying should be one of your top priorities, and other things will just have to wait.
Tip 4: Cut down on distractions
Life is full of distractions—friends, phone calls, texts, social media, video games, you name it. When you study, try to turn off all possible distractions. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish without stopping to check your phone.
Tip 5: Take short study breaks
Most people’s minds can’t function at their top capacity for hours upon hours. Rather than burning yourself out, take short 5-minute study breaks every hour or two to help refresh your mind, body, and energy.
Tip 6: Be organized
When you start college or career school, you will soon find out that it’s more challenging than high school. To get on top of your studies, it’s a good idea to get organized!
- At the beginning of the term, look at your syllabus and enter due dates and text exams into your online calendar
- Set reminders in your phone for important items
- Keep your notes and papers organized in color-coded folders for each class
- Organize your digital and online materials into folders for each class
- Before you start studying, make a to-do list of what you need to accomplish
- Do highest priority items first, then move on to longer term deadlines
Tip 7: Try different study aids
Everyone learns in a different way, and certain study aids may work better for you than others. Experiment with these ideas, and see what works best for you.
- Create flashcards on index cards and quiz yourself
- Do online Quizlets
- Rewrite or type your notes as a way to get the information to sink in
- Say your notes out loud to help you remember them
- Make up funny songs about topics you’re trying to memorize
- Use mnemonic tricks to jog your memory
- Use visual aids like timelines, diagrams, or charts to help you better visualize information
- Ask a friend to quiz you
- Find practice tests online
Tip 8: Ask for help
College and career courses are meant to be challenging. They’re pushing you to learn a new set of skills, and it’s not always easy. This is nothing to be ashamed of! If you are having trouble in school, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask questions during class, or visit your teachers after class or during office hours. Helping you understand the material is why they’re there! They want to help their students succeed!
With these 8 tips, you should be on your way to more efficient, effective, and enjoyable studying! Why not try them out today?
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