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What Are Good Studying Habits or Organization Skills to Improve throughout my first College year?

What are some studying habits to help yourself improve and does it matter to be organized and have everything planned out?

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Ben’s Answer

Try a few different methods and see what works best for you! For me, it was reading what I was assigned and taking detailed notes based on the reading, and then adding to those notes during lectures. By making this routine, I rarely found myself having to memorize or prep too hard ahead of tests and quizzes.
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EZINNA EDGE’s Answer

What worked for me back then was reading each day after classes. I would go back home and read the lectures I had that day in class.
Another habit you can use for studying that comes in handy is mnemonics. It helped me a lot back in school.
Having a great discussion with friends once in awhile equally helps a lot.
Finally, it pays to organize and plan well. Imagine forgetting your assignments at home. Imagine leaving the house without brushing your hair.
You can plan your day before you go to bed. You already know what and what not to do the moment you wake in the morning.

I hope this helps you.

Good luck.
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María José’s Answer

Hi Jesse!
Based on my personal experience I would say that being organized is the best way to finish your assignments in time and with the best quality possible.
As good habits I know that being a freshman is amazing, getting to know everything there’s in campus and finding new friends, but also it’s important to have your own time doing something you love, sleeping well and eating healthy. There’s time for everything
I assure you this will help you for the rest of your career :)
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Ameera’s Answer

Hi jesse,
Going well through college really depends on your habits & routine. Different things work for different people. For instance, I had been a topper throughout my uni tenure & what actually helped me was not not just hardwork & intelligence but more importantly, CONSISTENCY & PERSEVERANCE.
First get to know your learning style and develop a daily & weekly schedule. Make it simple & easy because only then you can follow it consistently. Also finding something motivating can really help.
Always stay one step ahead of your peers by daily devoting some of your time to your study. Its ok to get off days you can give yourself breaks. Make self notes & use extra helping materials (books, articles).
I hope this will help!
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George’s Answer

I think it is helpful to build a table of objectives for your work and study life. It should address all your major deliverables in your classes as well as your job, if you have one. This will help you plan your time and focus your efforts in the most productive way.

Examples of deliverables: Homework assignment; readiness for a test or quiz; completion of a paper or a project; completing research on a topic; completing a work shift for your internship or job.

You can create one in any spreadsheet tool. As a start, you can create the following columns: Class title; Short description of deliverable; Importance (a numerical 1 or 2 is usually sufficient); Due date (if there is one); and Notes.

You can start with two levels of importance: "1" can denote tasks you must do to achieve your goals; "2" can denote tasks that you should do, but may not accomplish if your high priority tasks take longer than expected.

You can sort and filter on the spreadsheet to determine which tasks you will work on during a given day. Each day you can groom the table with updates, completions, or clarifications.

Adjust the tool to your liking and keep it simple. It can help you keep the big picture in view.
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