Let’s be real for a minute: in college, your work ethic and study habits will make or break you. While everyone’s courses are different and professors all have different teaching styles, one fact stands true. At some point, you’ll have to actually put your nose in a book instead of Kendall Jenner’s Instagram feed. So today we’re talking quality study habits you should have so college isn’t so stressful! (The more you do to destress, the better, right?)
7 Study Habits to Make Getting A’s a Breeze
Listen to what your professors are saying. When you’re sitting in lecture, actually listen to your professor instead of just writing down everything he says. Sometimes teachers will drop hints and flat out tell you that a certain piece of information will be on the test or something he discusses won’t be!
Schedule out your study time. Don’t leave studying to the last minute. I know, you’re not gonna listen to me, but I figured I might try. For those of you who are going to heed my advice, schedule out your study times. I like studying in the morning because I find myself most awake (believe it or not) early in the morning. I study, write, and film in the morning beause I can feel my creative juices flowing. Find your time and roll with it 🙂
Don’t study late at night, when you’re hungry, or in a noisy room. Pulling all nighters doesn’t allow your brain to shut down and actually retain the information (it’s a scientific fact, I swear). Being hungry or in a noisy room are both just annoying, so avoid at all costs, especially when you’re trying to learn about Christopher Columbus or whatever.
Make a study playlist. Personally, I like listening to Owl City when I study, which is strange considering it reminds me of my middle school days… Anyways, pick an artist and (try to) only listen to them when you’re studying. Your brain will relate that artist to studying so you’re less likely to get distracted by a new song and then end up 50 songs deep on Spotify and forget what you were doing before then.
Rewrite your notes. This is by far my favorite study habit I’ve formed over the years; I think rewriting your notes is the best way to actually learn them. I’ve found this to be more beneficial than flash cards or just plain rereading my notes. So what I do: I take scribble all my notes during lecture into a scrap notebook. I can’t learn from scribbles, so after class, I rewrite and color code them into my legit class notebook. So here’s what we’ve got going on:
Then I go back after class and transfer all my scribbles into my notebook and it looks like this:
I color code and write everything all neat and it makes studying 10x easier.
Teach a friend or family member the information. Assume the teacher role! (Minus the disorganization and unneccessary assigning of ridiculous homework, please.) If you try to explain Calculus to your mom, more than likely, you’re going to need to know the information pretty darn well in order for her to undersatand it. If you can’t explain it, hit the books again and again until you can do it with confidence. Then you know you really understand that ish.
Take (time efficient) breaks. No one can study effectively for 5 hours straight. Study for 20 minutes and take a 5 minute break and then go at it again. If you’re not smart about your breaks, you’ll study for an hour and then be over it and spend 3 hours on Pinterest. I know you’re smiling while reading this because it’s so ridiculously true.