Studying in college: something everyone does differently, some with more success than others. When I decided to write this blog, I thought it would be easy to give you some advice on best study tips. However, the more I thought about writing the piece, I didn’t know where to start. So, I will tell you what works for me, but that doesn’t mean my way will necessarily work for you. As you read this blog, keep in mind that everyone studies differently and what works for me may not be as helpful for you. Adapt my ideas, and those of other students that I present in this blog, and make them your own. Try out a few different things and see what is most successful for you. Studying, like everything in college, is a personal experience. Be willing to try out different methods until you find what is right for you.
Below, I am going to list some of the ways that work for me, so continue reading to get a glimpse into my study habits!
- Review Sheets. For every class, regardless of the subject, I always make a review sheet before the exam. I go back through all my notes that I have taken and slowly read over them, pull the key material, and handwrite a review sheet for myself. These are also great because when you are studying for Midterms and Finals, you don’t have to go back through all of your notes again. Just look over the review sheets and your past exams, and you should be set!
- Find the right spot. If you need silence to study, find a quiet place. Most college libraries will have silent sections, so this is the place for you if you don’t want to be distracted by anyone around you. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you need some background noise, find a coffee shop or a social space in the library to study. You will notice pretty early on in the school year that students tend to pick their “spots” in the library, and you will see many of the same people around you if you regularly study in the same area.
- Morning, Afternoon, or Evening? When are you most focused and productive? Personally, I have found that I am able to focus most at night, so my daily routine is to complete my busy work or easier assignments in the afternoon. Then after dinner, that is my time to really focus and get my work and studying done. I am not a morning person whatsoever, so I have to finish all my work at night because there is no way I will wake up early to finish it. Again, this is a personal preference. I have a lot of friends that prefer to go to bed earlier and wake up and complete everything in the morning.
- Find a playlist you like and listen to that while you study. If you use Spotify, they have some great stations called “Study Zone” or “Chill Vibes” that I like to listen to while I study.
- Personally, I love using the big whiteboards in classrooms to study with for any of my math courses. Most classrooms will be unlocked and open to students unless a class is in there, so this is a great spot to study with friends, work on a group project, or brainstorm on the whiteboard.
Overall, I recommend that you be open to different forms of studying. What worked for you in high school may not work so well in college, or it still might work for you! Also, keep in mind that it is not worth comparing yourself or your study habits to your friends or classmates, because everyone truly studies in their own unique way. You will find yours; it just might take a bit of time!