Secret Study Hacks.
If you’re a college student, you know how difficult it can be to juggle classes with the demands of your social life. The following are some tips and tricks that will help you study more efficiently to have time for yourself as well!
1) Schedule an hour of break time before or after each class to do something unrelated to school. This could include taking a nap, going on Facebook, reading your favorite novel, watching Netflix-whatever makes you happy!
2) Use flashcards to memorize facts from textbooks or lectures.
3) Create a schedule and stick to it- don’t cram all night to finish studying for an exam tomorrow at 8:00 am (unless the exam is worth an F in the class).
4) Have a separate study spot for each subject (i.e. have one bookshelf that holds all of your math textbooks, another bookshelf that contains all of your English textbooks, etc.) This will keep you from getting confused about what’s supposed to go where. You’ll be less likely to misplace a book, too.
5) If you’re taking notes in class, make a note of any formulas that the teacher is using. These will save you time when studying for exams.
6) Use your breaks to try and get ahead on work- if you finish early, then it’s not a bad idea to take a nap or catch up on your favorite TV series.
7) Make flashcards of the formulas that you need to memorize for class. This will help a lot if you’re drowning in homework and have no time left over to study for exams! This is especially helpful if you make the flashcards yourself because it will allow you to include pictures and colors to help you memorize the facts.
8) If your teachers email you homework, then be sure to check your email very frequently! It’s a big pet peeve of mine when people say they never got the assignment because they didn’t fit their emails that day.
9) Take notes on what was covered in the lecture, and then when you study for the exam, go over these notes.
10) If you’re in a hurry to get somewhere after class but have some studying to do before exams, then use any extra time to finish up your schoolwork (i.e. if you have 15 minutes until your next class starts, use that time to study instead of killing time on social media or watching TV)
11) If you’re in a lecture that’s going slowly, then take notes, this will help you stay awake, and it gives you something to do while the professor is rambling on.
12) If your textbook includes an answer sheet that needs to be filled out for studying purposes, use a separate binder and label it “Exam Binders”. This way, when you’re going to study for an exam, you can get everything ready.
13) If your professor gives multiple-choice exams (which is common), then take the time to figure out each question right away instead of leaving it blank while you try to think of the answer (i.e. if you know that A is the correct answer, then go ahead and write “A” in every blank).