Being in college for over three years now has taught me a lot. I’ve learned a lot of things that helped me grow as a person and one of those things I learned was how to properly study.
As I enter my senior and last year of college, I would like to impart some studying tips I learned during my time in college so far. These tips have really helped me in college and I think you’ll find them useful as well. Whether you are a freshman about to start your college journey or an upperclassman who just needs some tips when it comes to studying, here are six things you can do to survive your remaining years in school.
6. Don’t check social media
Social media is ubiquitous in today’s generation. Almost everyone has one form of social media. The problem though is that social media can become addicting and take your time away from important matters. There’s a time and a place to be on social media. Studying is not one of them.
Unless absolutely necessary, avoid going on social media. I can’t tell you the dozens of hours I lost studying for a quiz or exam all because I was busy scrolling through Twitter and Facebook.
Turn off your phone, turn off your wifi, or keep your phone in your bag so that you won’t become tempted to go on social media. You’ll be amazed by how much time you’ll save if you put your phone away and concentrate on studying.
5. Set a timer
Readings are a part of college life. It’s inevitable and as much as we try to avoid it, we’ll experience those moments of 50+ pages of reading assignments. Sometimes, when we read our readings, we get bored and feel as if time is moving so slowly so we give up.
To avoid this, set a timer on your phone so that you know exactly how much time has passed. This way, you won’t feel like hours have passed away when in reality, it took you less than an hour to finish your reading assignment. This is something I learned fairly recently, but it’s something I’m happy discovering now because of how easier my reading assignments have become.
4. Find your quiet place
The best way to study is to avoid as many distractions as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to find your quiet place, a place where you can study in peace and maximize your learning. Be it in school, your home, or a coffee shop, find somewhere where you can relax and give your concentration into your studying. For me personally, I prefer studying in the school library, but you can experiment and find a place that best suits you and your needs.
3. Make a schedule
Time management is an important skill that I think students should learn if they want to do great in school. Making a schedule so that you can manage your time properly and allocate the proper number of hours for your activities is a great way for you to study.
Set aside time for studying, school activities, doing your homework, and the like. This is especially useful if you’re the type who likes to be part of extra-curricular organizations. Prioritize your needs so that the ones you most need to do so are the ones you have the most time with. I found that making a to-do list also helps so as to organize what needs to be done and track what has already been done.
2. Study groups are useful
Some of us prefer to study alone but studying in groups does have its benefits. It helps to be with people who are studying the same things as you since you can share ideas with one another or ask questions to someone in the group that understands something you don’t understand.
If your friends are taking the same class as you, start a group chat with them or schedule a time to study with them. This is particularly useful if you’re having a hard time in a certain subject as having people to help you is great. During my freshman year, I would have study groups with my friends for our math classes and having people to talk to for help really pulled-up my grades.
1. Ask questions
You hear this all the time but asking questions is actually helpful. Whenever the teacher asks the class if there are any questions, don’t be afraid to ask. One thing I learned in college is that a lot of teachers are very much willing to answer your questions especially if you can’t get a certain lesson or concept. If you’re too shy to ask in front of the class, you can approach your teacher after class or email them your questions. Take advantage of the opportunity, your teacher won’t bite, I promise!
Try these tips and let us know which ones worked out for you!