What study tips can help an easily distracted mind manage college expectations?
Like many, this is my first time away from home for an extended time. I am nervous about managing my personal focus and organization skills without support. I look forward to the social aspect of going to college, but worry about managing my studies in a timely manner. I know of support services that my college will provide, but we students still have to be in charge of our time management. Do you have suggestions on managing our daily study habits? Thank you!
It's important to have a social life but don't trade your academics for fun! The earlier you get all of your studying and schoolwork done, the more flexible you can be to hang out with friends. If you have a strong grasp of your studies and have a schedule that you stick to, you can do all the fun stuff you like.
Another tip I like to share is whenever I have a test, I will study every day starting AT LEAST a week in advance. This way you don't have to cram and your subconscious mind will help grasp the info even when you aren't working on it.
Note cards and to-do lists are always helpful for me as well, get addicted to marking assignments off your list! There isn't a better feeling than marking the last thing off your list and being completely free!
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I would encourage you to manage your schedule by setting time aside. You need to look at priorities and learn to look at what is due first, which subject requires more of your time and focus, etc. I get easily distracted as well and I find that taking a 5 minute break every half hour really helps. Do some jumping jacks or walk around a bit. It's important to be flexible as things come up but try to stick to study time set aside as closely as possible.
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