In college, your whole world can quickly turn around. Tests are harder, reading assignments are way longer, and most of the time, independent work is a huge part of your grade. When I first started college I quickly learned my studying habits needed a complete 180. Making good grades in college isn’t impossible with the right tools. Here are my top 3 tips for studying habits in your first few college years.
Schedule Study Times
Once you receive your class schedule go ahead and set aside AT LEAST an hour out of each day to go to the library and study. As simple as this sounds, it will make a HUGE difference in your study habits. College is a whole new world for everyone, especially those transiting from high school habits. If you want to get an A on that test then you have to put forth some serious effort, which means studying every possible chance you get!
Rewrite your notes
No matter how many people discourage using laptops in class, I don’t go to class without mine. Some professors talk way too fast, spit out way too much information, and don’t post their lectures online. Either way you decide to take notes, take some time to re-write your notes. This is a great way to refresh your brain of the material and believe it or not, re-writing notes really does help you learn better!
Go to office hours
Office hours are such an important tool for your studying habits. Take advantage of posted office hours as much as you possibly can. Especially if you’re struggling with a class or topic for the next test, your professor is the best person to ask. Try to at least go to one day of the scheduled office hours. Not only will you gain some clarity on the learning material, you’re showing your professor you’re putting in the extra work to be a better student.
Whether you’re trying to help your kiddos succeed or you’ve decided to go back to school yourself, don’t let it stress you out. Staying organized, consistent and developing good studying habits are a great way to set yourself up for a successful school year. What are some of your best studying habits? Leave your comments below!