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What are some of the most effective study tips for college students?

I have enrolled into college and quickly found that the learning environment here is quite different from that of high school. I would like to know how to study well so I can excel in my exams from the start. I have often read and heard that to study smart is better than to study hard. I however do not want to gamble or test unproven study methods. I am looking for specific study tips for college students that have real, practical and positive results.

Samantha Barber

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Ross Pratt on January 26, 2018

It is important to start an important journey with focus and commitment. Therefore, as you start college you will need to build a strong study foundation to be successful. Most people unfortunately seek this information too late. I’ll list proven study tips for a college student that are effective and quite practical to any lifestyle.

1. Look for a good area/room that you will conduct your study sessions.
This should be the college library or a room that is clutter and noise free.

2. Schedule study time when you are free of any commitments or responsibilities.
Set your study schedules when you don’t have classes or meetings with friends. Ensure that the people around you understand this so as not to distract you.

3. Divide study content into smaller parts and arrange your study sessions around them.
It is better to review your course syllabus to arrange how much you should cover in a single session. Make your timetable with this in mind.

4. Review each topic after reading it while taking notes.
Make short side notes for each topic. This is smart studying and will help refresh your memory much later.

5. Look out for areas you are struggling in and allocate more time for them.
As you read on each course, you will be able to note difficult areas. Allocate a separate session, preferably in the morning to study these areas.

6. Avoid cramming. Verbally revise what you already know to memorize better.
Cramming eventually affects students’ performance dearly. To memorize key concepts, you can verbally explain what you have read to your classmates.

7. Test yourself and answer all questions you come across.
You must periodically test yourself to know your progress. Set questions after studying a topic and try to answer them. You can also look for questions in past test papers.

8. Make a list of terms that you do not fully understand to research later.
This will ensure that you do not skip relevant information that needs further research.

9. Avoid studying when you are exhausted or at night.
When you are tired, you will not be productive. Always study when your body and mind has rested well.

10. Form a study group with like-minded students.
Look for students in your class who share the same goals as you and form a study group. This will help you to study well on weak areas.

Brian Warnera year ago

Here are some more study tips for college students:

  • Note everything your professor writes on the board.
    During lectures, remember to copy what your professor writes on the board when teaching. However, be attentive to capture key points discussed but not written on the board.
  • Make mnemonics to help memorize points.
    This will help you memorize information that you could not otherwise remember. You can do this for answers that require systematic listing.
  • Review your notes before you sleep.
    Reviewing your notes each evening before bed can help you memorize better. You will not have a lot of workload to go through once you begin preparing for exams.
  • Switch reading material regularly.
    This is an efficient way to beat boredom while reading. You can schedule short back-to-back sessions on different areas of study.
  • Reward yourself.
    Reward yourself with a movie, snack or anything you enjoy for each goal you achieve.


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