Study Tips For College

First things first…college is not like high school! You won’t be able to wait until the last minute to complete homework assignments or study for exams.

In order to be successful in college, you must develop effective study skills. While developing these skills won’t happen overnight, if you practice and are disciplined, you’ll have it down in no time!

Below I’ll share with you some study tips for college. These tips will help you study more effectively, so that you have plenty of free time to socialize, work part-time jobs, and participate in student organizations.

Once you learn these study tips for college, you’ll feel less stressed and more prepared to tackle class assignments and exams.

Do you have your pen and paper ready? Great! Let’s get started…

  • Tip #1 – Create A Study Schedule

For a lot of students, studying is not a planned event. With all of the activities and other distractions on college campuses, it can be easy for students to just put studying on the back burner and say, “I’ll just study tomorrow.”

Then tomorrow becomes the next day and so on…until you’re up late the night before the exam trying to cram in all of the material. Your stress levels will be at an all-time high, which will make it difficult for you to concentrate, and you’ll probably end up doing poorly on the exam.

If you carve out a specific time for studying, you’ll be more likely to stick to it. During the beginning of the semester, allocate a 1/2 hour each week per class to reviewing your notes and any other class handouts. These weekly reviews will help you quickly identify material that you don’t understand so that ask questions before you fall too far behind.

  • Tip #2 – Take Advantage of Office Hours

Most college professors have “office hours.” Office hours are a specific set of hours during the week that professors are available to meet with students. If you’re ever confused about a topic that was discussed during class, take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your professor.

Professors are really busy, so to make the most out of your time with them, you should come to your appointment with a specific set of questions. Taking advantage of office hours is perhaps one of the best study tips for college students, yet a lot of students fail to take advantage of them. Don’t be one of those students!

  • Tip #3 – Take Good Notes

First-time college students typically struggle with note taking during the first couple semesters. The college lecture style class format is a lot different from high school – they’re a lot more fast paced and you won’t get the individualized attention from the professor like you got in high school.

New college students usually try to write down everything the professor says. This technique can be stressful and make it difficult to study your notes later. There is a better way…

First, you have to make sure you’re prepared for class in order to take proper notes. This means reviewing your class syllabus a day or two before class, determining which chapters will be covered during class, and reading those chapters beforehand.

Now when you attend class, you’ll already have a general idea of what the professor is going to be lecturing about.  This will allow you to just write down the main points of the lecture to help jog your memory later when you are reviewing your notes.

This way, instead of concentrating on writing every word down that comes out of your professor’s mouth, you can actually focus on listening and making a conscious effort to understand the material.

  • Tip #4 – Choose A Good Study Location

Some students choose to study in their dorm rooms, while other students study in the library or at the local coffee shop…it just depends on what works best for you.

If you can generally only focus when there’s complete silence, then the library or your dorm room might be a good choice for you. If you prefer to have some background noise, then a local coffee shop could work well for you.

Having a good study location will ensure that you get the most out of your study session.

  • Tip #5  – Start A Study Group

One of my last study tips for college students is to form a study group. Study groups are a great way for you to learn new material with the help of your classmates.

They can also keep you motivated. if you know that others are expecting you to show up for a study group session, you’re more likely to be there an not slack off.

If you start to feel like your group is getting distracted, try to refocus the group on the task at hand. If this doesn’t work, then you might consider forming a different group with other classmates.

Remember, you are ultimately responsible for your education, so you have to do what’s necessary to get the most out of your classes and keep your grades up.

I hope these 5 study tips for college were useful! Leave me a comment below with your feedback!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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