Somewhere between making the rounds on the college bar circuit and barely attending class, every college student has to finally buckle down and actually get a little bit of studying done. With all of the distractions of living on your own, new friends and crazy experiences it can sometimes be tough to concentrate and focus on getting your work done. But if you approach studying with a plan and the right tools, you can be just as successful as you would be with mom and dad breathing down your neck at home. Follow these simple tips, to ensure your GPA stays in tact as you get the most out of your college experience.
- Find Your Ideal Study Spot – Studying in your dorm room, may work for some, but often the little cubicle that you call home is chock full of distractions. From your mom’s daily calls to check on you to your roommate’s insistence on playing EDM 24 hours a day, you might be best served to find yourself a quite go-to spot elsewhere. Some like the library, while others enjoy a quiet coffee house or even a table in the student union. Whatever your preference, scope out your campus and find the right spot for your study sessions.
- Gather Your Supplies – Make sure that you have all of the supplies you need before you start studying. Snacks, study materials, highlighters, notecards, gather it all before hand so that you’re not constantly shifting your attention to missing items.
- Use Notecards – A great way to highlight information that you need to know is to jot it down on a notecard to create flashcards for yourself. Quiz yourself on the material over the course of semester and you’ll be well on your way to not having to cram at the end of the semester.
- Take Good Notes & Review Them – Going to class is essential, often times things that aren’t covered in your textbook, will be discussed in class, so take good notes. Don’t assume that everything you will need for the exam will be in the text.
- Stay On Top Of The Readings – There is nothing worse than having to read a whole semester worth of notes the day before the final. Stay on top of the reading assignments. If for some reason you begin to fall behind, give yourself a catch up weekend to get caught back up. Don’t wait until the end of the semester.