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What organizational methods, study routines, or lifestyle activities better equip an overwhelmed college student to thrive?

In other words, what are some good tips for proactive studying (i.e. making flash cards, taking notes from the book, making diagrams/analogies), for a healthy lifestyle (i.e. daily exercise or exercise ‘X’ times per week, eating a certain diet), and good organization (i.e. keeping a planner, having a folder for each class, or making lists) that can help a pre-med student remain prepared? #student-development #student-affairs #college-student #premed #organized #preparedness

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Mat’s Answer

In summary: develop good habits. Your good and bad habits compound (grow) over time and point you in a certain direction (good or bad). With good habits you'll find good things happen automatically: sleep, grades, nutrition/hydration, studying/understanding, friendships, etc. With bad habits you'll obviously end up in a bad place over time. The best resource for this in my opinion is the book: Atomic Habits by James Clear.

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Listen or read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. Using the book figure out what's important to you and set up habits that point you in the right direction for college and beyond. With good habits in place all of these good things start to happen automatically.
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Marlene’s Answer

Use a planner to ensure that you are able to see at a glance what you are required to do on a daily basis.
Prioritize activities that are required over those that are not required.
Develop a daily schedule that includes time for study, work, social activities, and exercise.
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Simeon’s Answer

Make sure to have your syallabi printed off; professors often tuck away important information in those pages! Beyond that, tt's honestly much better to study in small ten to fifteen minutes sessions multiple times per week as opposed to cram studying. It's way less stressful and the information sticks better. You know how TV advertisements are trying to repeat the same message to you in small chunks multiple times per week? It's the same thing. Our brains retain information way better when its repeated often in small chunks. When you have multiple hour study sessions, the odds are that you're going to be zoning off once the first thirty to forty minutes have passed.
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