It's awesome that you're interested in doing well and being efficient in college. Some of the tips I give out when working with students are:
- Having a binder for each subject and writing good notes (or if you have a computer, typing up your notes)- and you can print them.
- I always find that having a few decks of blank index cards really helps. Write down things you need to work on, and you can look at them every day (you can do this while you're waiting for your friends, while you're waiting for class to start etc.).
- Find a time each day to just review your notes, or highlighted sections in your notebook- what time will all depend on you! For example some people do REALLY well with studying in the morning and others are night owls. Just find a time :)
- Find a study group or don't- people all learn differently, sometimes, people need accountability while others need quiet time to study.
These are just a couple of tips, but I'm sure you'll do great!
Monica Wells, LMHC
For me, what works well is if I study ahead of time. I always give myself more than enough time because I don’t like cramming. I retain information if I cram. I also try breaking down the material so it’s not overwhelming. Another thing I try is minimize distractions and make sure that I’m rested so I really take in what I’m studying. I think taking breaks is important so I don’t push myself too hard. Staying hydrated and eating well and enough is equally important as well. I tend to get lazy if I'm too full or tired if I don't eat properly. I hope this helps.
Depending on your learning style, I find having a study buddy helps a lot when I was still in college. Having someone to hold me accountable really helps motivate me and I find myself procrastinate less. In days where I struggle to focus on studying, my study partner helps encourage me and keep me going. In addition, we often quiz each other on the class materials to find out if we truly understand them, which really helps us retain the information better.
Aside from having a study buddy, I usually keep my phone on silent and put it away during my study time. Without my phone within my sight, I am less likely to be distracted from notifications or checking on social media apps. Having a specific and measurable goal of what you want to achieve at the end of the study session is also important. That way you are less likely to feel overwhelmed with all the chapters and different subjects you have to study especially before an exam.
Hope this helps, Good luck!