Having a full course load is part of being a college student. You’ll have plenty of reading to do, but there will also be papers to write and exams to take. Keeping up with all of it can be hard to do, especially if you also have a job or participate in other extra-curricular activities. Getting some assistance frees you up to get other things done without having to sacrifice your grades but at all times, use these study tips to help you stay on top of everything.
- Take Really Good Notes
It goes without saying that you have to go to class to do well in college, but you can’t waste your time there either. It’s important to take really good notes while you’re there so that you have all the important information you need to study when you get back to your dorm. When you prepare for a paper or test, having those comprehensive notes will help you do a quality job and get a good grade.
- Use Highlighters in Your Notes
Once you have your notes written down or typed up on your laptop, use color coded highlighters to organize the information and keep it all together. When you need to study a specific aspect of the class, you can refer to the coordinating color of highlighter. Creating categories like this keeps you from having to waste time hunting for the information you’re looking for.
- Create a Doable Study Schedule
Proper time management is important when you study. You have to block out enough time to do a thorough job when you sit down to get to work. On the other hand, studying for too long without a break won’t do you any good. Experts suggest focusing on your study materials for 30 to 50 minutes, then taking a 10 minute break. This gives your brain a chance to recharge and refresh and helps you comprehend and remember the material.
- Get Enough Sleep on a Regular Basis
Without adequate sleep, it’s hard for your brain to function at top capacity. Getting enough sleep, on the other hand, helps your brain retain information when you sit down to study. Most college students should be sleeping seven to nine hours every night. Most of them aren’t getting that much though. If you aren’t sleeping enough, it might be time to cut back on social time or create a class schedule that lets you sleep in.
- Skip the Music
There is some evidence that says that listening to music can help you recall information later. However, there is much larger body of evidence stating that this is distracting and can prevent your brain from holding on to the information it needs for your paper or exam. If you are studying in a common area, consider wearing noise blocking headphones to block out the sound around you.