10 tips for effective studying
By: Kristen Doering
College can be hard. We’ve all had classes where it feels impossible to get an A. But now, thanks to Reinhardt’s study skills workshop, we have a great list of 10 study habits to help achieve effective studying!
- 1. Break up the times you study and take a small break after each assignment. Taking breaks between assignments helps you keep from feeling overwhelmed and can increase how much you remember. For every 25 minutes you study, take a 5 minute break to let the information rest.
- 2. Schedule specific times throughout the week to study. These dedicated times keep you from procrastinating (more on that in tip 5). Maybe do Math from two to four and English from five to seven. These time slots help keep you accountable and make sure you have time for all your classes’ work.
- 3. Add extra study times for test days. Midterms coming up? Scared to death about that final? Add an hour or so to each time slot to go over test material. Don’t ignore other classes, but put an extra emphasis on studying for the big test coming up.
- 4. Set achievable goals and rewards. To add motivation, set achievable goals. Once you meet one of these goals, reward yourself with a snack or a drink. This helps motivation stay high.
- 5. Avoid procrastinating. This one should seem fairly obvious, but it bears stating. Procrastination adds stress to even easy projects. Why push off something and stress about it later when you can do something early and not have to worry about it?
- 6. Take good notes in class and review them before working on assignments. Notes are the key to effective studying. Writing down lectures improves memory of the lecture, even if you never look at the notes again (do look at your notes again though). Your notes will also remember ideas you may have forgotten, so it is always helpful to peek at them before starting a project.
- 7. Avoid phones. The need for screen is real! Avoid checking your phone during study times, no matter how many notifications pop up. The study time is for studying, not for checking phones.
- 8. Ask a friend or professor for help. Two heads are better than one. Don’t be afraid to ask a classmate to study together. Oftentimes, they may have notes on or understand things that you don’t. If the concepts are still vague, ask the professor. They are often willing to help students who actively seek to learn.
- 9. Try to connect the concepts. It is much easier to remember ten concepts if they all connect to one another. Try to find connections between concepts to help you remember them.
- 10. Review the materials briefly before going into class. Take a quick look-through of all the materials and be ready to discuss them in class. Having conversations about materials in class will help cement the ideas in your mind and could even help classmates remember ideas they may have missed.
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