4 Ways To Study SMART In College

In high school, you had a set routine.

You probably went to the same classes every day for the same amount of time, then went home and did homework.

College is different: your schedule varies, you don’t have teachers breathing down your neck over every late assignment, and nobody calls your parents when you miss class.

Staying focused and motivated may take some effort on your part.

Luckily, there are a few ways to stay on top of things.

  • Don’t Skip Lectures

It sounds great: a class so big that the teacher doesn’t take attendance, leaving the decision of whether or not to go up to you.

However, many college students find that skipping lectures leads to much confusion later in the semester.

Rather than frantically reviewing four months’ worth of lecture slides the day before your exam, stay on top of things by just showing up to class.

  • Go to Office Hours

In a bigger class, you have less of a chance to interact personally with your teacher. This can leave you feeling out-of-touch and even a bit unmotivated.

A great way to get to know your teachers – and maybe even get on their good sides – is to go to office hours.

Office hours give you a chance to get face-to-face help from your teacher and receive some feedback on how you’ve been doing.

  • Find a Place to Study

In high school, you probably did most of your studying at home. In college, you might not have the same luxury.

Rather than convince yourself that you can drown out a chatty roommate or a neighbor’s blaring music, accept the fact that you might have to pack up and try a new location.

Luckily, colleges have a huge selection of study-friendly locales. Besides going to the obvious (the main library, your dorm study room), check out department libraries, the student union and some local cafes.

  • Develop a Routine

In college, your grades are often based on a couple of exams and papers. Some students find it hard to do well when their grade isn’t padded with points from homework assignments.

In classes where a big exam or two count for everything, make sure you stay on top of your studying by developing a routine.

Set aside a few hours every week to do the reading and review your notes. When it comes to exam time, you’ll stress a lot less if you’ve been keeping up in class.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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