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October 23, 2015

Study Tips for College Students

College is (obviously) very different from high school. New students are probably living with someone they don’t know, trying to figure out how campus is laid out, and enrolled in subjects they’ve never taken before. On top of that, college students quickly realize that studying in college is a little (okay, very) different than studying in high school. Here are a few tips for getting into the groove of studying at college!

Make use of the online content. Most colleges have some form of online platform, and many professors upload slides and other readings for their classes. Print out slides before class so that you don’t spend all of your time trying to copy them down during the lecture; this allows you to focus on what the professor is saying, rather than what’s on the screen.

Make time for studying alone. College is a great time to make new friends, and it’s very easy to fill up your social calendar. Many students try to balance the social/school life by having study groups. These can be helpful, but sometimes you are going to be distracted and not get enough studying done. Make sure you also have time throughout the week to study by yourself, without distractions.

Use a planner system—any planner system. You probably know someone who swears by their planner. This person knows what’s up! Whether you use a large hanging calendar or a daily planner you shove in your backpack, have some way to keep track of what is due and when. Go through each syllabus at the beginning of the semester and jot down any big assignments (papers, presentations, etc.). Check your planner daily and update it as events and assignments come up. You’ll thank me later, I promise.

Consult your professor. If you’re having trouble studying for a specific class, make it a point to talk to your professor about it. They probably have some study tips and guides specifically for that class, or they could point you in the direction of a student who has taken the class before and did very well.

Do it in advance. It’s very easy to let things slide until the night (or morning, depending on your level of procrastination) before it is due. If you have your planner, you’ll know when things are due. Try your hardest to get reading done in advance—even if it means just skimming through a chapter two or three days before you discuss it in class. Look over things for a little while every now and then to refresh your memory. You’ll find that it will be easier to follow along in class and have discussions about what you’ve read.

Mikayla Covington '16

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