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Dan’s Answer

Time seems to be in a crunch for everyone! While I was not a student athlete I did find an important part of studying was simple repetition. Of course you have to go to class, take good notes and complete the homework. But when you are studying for an exam, simple repetition works really well. I would start 7 days before an exam and for every day leading to the exam, I would review all my notes in that class, review the highlights in the course book and then in math heavy classes do a few example problems. It is important to do this each day for 7 days before the exam. I know it sounds like a lot when you have limited time, but it really did not take too much time. After a few days I found I was often anticipating what was on the next page of my notes ,and really just had to quickly glance through them. I tried cramming, but it didn't work for me. Repetition works really well and is not terribly time consuming.

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” (Zig Ziglar)

Oh and one other tip that worked really well for me. Try to find a question to ask the teacher/instructor/professor at the end of each class. Go up to them after the bell and ask a thoughtful question. You will be surprised how many times you will find that question on an upcoming exam.

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Madison’s Answer

I was a DI student-athlete and I completely understand the lack of time especially during travelling seasons. Prioritization, Time Management and your Teammates are the keys! Also, utilize your campus and athletic resources! Don't be afraid to ask for help. Don't reinvent the wheel. Most likely someone in the athletics program has taken a course similar to your studies and they can help provide guidance.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Mackenzie,

I think that the challenge for studying tips is learning the way that you work best. So what does that mean? You need to think about what is the best time of day for you to study. I learn best in the morning, so I liked morning classes. I study best in the evening. And when I study, I take a lot of notes. I don't usually read them every again, but when I write something down, I remember it better. I highlight in books and write in the margins as well. I also learn in bursts. I cannot set aside like four hours to study, because I get bored after an hour and just walk away. So I had to plan to study at several times a week or even a day, since I can only concentrate in bursts. Lastly, I would say that study after napping if that is something that you do. My mind is sharpest in the few hours after waking up, in the morning and after naps.

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Camille’s Answer

Figure out how you like to be organized. Some people like planners, some people like lists, etc. Personally, I use my google calendar to map out how much time I need to tasks. I used to feel like there weren't enough hours in the day to do everything. Actually seeing that I can't fit everything helped me say no to unnecessary things. Also, don't forget to balance some downtime. That helps prevent burnout :)
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Rachel’s Answer

You should start college planning to study every day. Attend your classes. Do the homework. When you find a class difficult, attend office hours early in the semester. If you continue to struggle, get a tutor.

You won't have the same amount of free time that your classmates do, so maintaining an attitude of discipline is important.
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Richard’s Answer

You should focus on making the time you spend studying count more. You can do this by finding ways you study best -- such as alone or with others. You should also make sure you put up your phone and any other distractions while studying.
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