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Any study hacks for in college?

I am a person who sometimes gets distracted while studying and/or doing homework. Are there any good study tips/tricks that would help someone stay on task while studying? #study-habits #college #college-advice #homework

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Jacob’s Answer

Hi, Samara. Yvonne gave you some good ideas but I want to add a few more. I think the best way to limit distractions and also be the most productive you can is to get in a routine and stick to it each day. I find that I feel the most healthy and my mind is the sharpest when I am in a good groove of exercising, eating healthily, and attacking each day the same way. There are some other tips for being productive once you actually start studying. One I really like is called the Pomodoro technique. It's simple and very effective. Set a timer for 25 minutes and do nothing but whatever task you want to accomplish for those 25 minutes. It makes whatever you're studying or writing more manageable, forces you to break it up into smaller chunks, and enables you to take short breaks throughout the day whenever your timer expires.

Social media is also a huge distraction. There are sites and apps out there that can help limit your use of social media when you are trying to focus. I'll link some for you to check out below. I hope this answer helps. Good luck!

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Yvonne’s Answer

Hello Samara,

I understand how easy it is to get distracted while studying! But here are some ways you could try to help you stay more focus:

(1) Put away your phone - It is so easy to get distracted by a text message or notifications from your phone. To avoid any distractions, you could try switching off your phone entirely or keep it where you could not see it.

(2) Break down to smaller goals - It is always easier to motivate yourself to do something in smaller tasks than jumping into a large task. When you are studying, try to break down the chapter into different sections, and when you are done with the section, take a 5-10 minutes break. This could help increase your productivity!

(3) Study buddy/Quiet place - Try to find a study buddy that could meet with you regularly and hold you accountable for sticking to your study schedule. However, if you are most likely going to be distracted by your study buddy, try to find a quiet place and study alone.

Best of Luck in studying!

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Richard’s Answer

Go to class. Plan to spend 2-3 hours studying for every hour of lecture. Attend your professor's office hours and any TA review sessions. If there is a test bank, use that as a study tool to understand what your professor wants you to focus on for the test.

Treat school like a job. Get up early, get to work and when your work is done at the end of the day, you can spend time on social life or organizations.

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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.