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What are good study habits you recommend for college students?

Asked Houston, Texas

I want to try to prepared for fall of this year when i go off to college #college-advice #studying-tips

4 answers

Yvonne’s Answer

Updated Chicago, Illinois
Hi Jalynn, Congratulations on your college acceptance! It is always exciting to start a new journey. Going to college is a huge transition for anyone, and I personally think that self-discipline is essential. Here are some ideas that might be useful to you in near future: (1) Form a study group with your classmates - Having someone to keep you accountable in sticking to your study schedule is always helpful. Your study group might be able to help motivate you, as well as helping you understand difficult concepts/problems you face in your study. You may be able to form new friendships along the way too! (2) Plan your schedule ahead - The syllabus and exam schedule for each class will be available to you in the beginning of the semester. Definitely take some time to add the exams and homework/assignment due dates into your own calendar! It will help you prioritize the important tasks and stay on track in each class. (3) Know your school resources - Make sure to check out if your campus provides any useful resources like the library, tutoring center services, career development services and more! I hope this helps and may you have a great college experience!

Jacob’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Hi, Jalynn. I think you already have a couple of good answers here, I just want to add one more thing. A trick I like to use to help keep me focused is the Pomodoro Technique. Let's say you are completing a reading assignment for a class or writing a paper. Set a timer for 25 minutes. During those 25 minutes, the only thing you focus on is finishing the reading or studying. Do not allow any distractions. I like this technique since it forces you to break down bigger tasks into more manageable chunks and it forces you to take breaks, which helps keep your mind fresh. If you're looking for some helpful items that can limit the number of distractions in your life, check out some of the sites and apps I linked in the suggested next steps section.

Good luck - I hope this helps!

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Rachel’s Answer


You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Here is how to be successful in them:</span>

  1. <span style="background-color: transparent;">Stay on track - do assignments early, finish things a head of time, and be aware of all of your deadlines</span>
  2. <span style="background-color: transparent;">do all the the assignments and read all of the coursework required- do not cut corners</span>
  3. <span style="background-color: transparent;">use Google calendar to keep track of deadlines</span>
  4. <span style="background-color: transparent;">communicate with your professor early if something comes up</span>
  5. <span style="background-color: transparent;">do not be afraid to ask for an extension if you need one</span>
  6. <span style="background-color: transparent;">study, and study a lot! you don't have regular class sessions so you will need to put in more work at home.</span>
  7. <span style="background-color: transparent;">Do your best and genuinely try hard to give it your all.</span>

The best way to score high on the test is to Google search an online program or book that will help you study. Once you find an online lesson plan for success you can use it as a road map for studying. Otherwise, find a book to help you study and spend 45 mins a night reading through it and studying. Depending on when you test is, the first thing you will want to do is organize a studying schedule for yourself. Target studying certain sections of the test and divide them up by the weeks/months you have until you have to take it.

Lisa’s Answer

Updated Chicago, Illinois

I love this question!! I needed to schedule studying on my calendar and stick to it like it was any other mandatory time that required my attendance. The teacher/professor will usually tell you how many hours out of class are required to pass. Some classes may require additional 3-10 hours! Knowing that, I tried to balance my semester load with hard and "softer" classes. When it was time for me to study (as I had already blocked off during the week) I stuck to it, no excuses. These are the same habits I carried into my professional career. I still block off "admin" hours in my week, where I catch up on all the needed things for the week. The worst thing is to go into a week behind from the week before!