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What are the best study habits I should develop in college?

I would like to maintain good grades throughout all years at college so that I can make a good impression when I start seeking employment after graduation. Most of my friends in college tell me I must develop good college study skills if I want to excel in my education. Since I do not even know what to study in college yet, I am not sure what these study habits are and whether I need to do something specific to develop them. I am also curious whether I will need a study helper to help me develop these skills.

Kristi Hammond

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Tara Andrews on January 10, 2018

It doesn’t matter whether or not you know what subject to study yet. You can apply the same study habit to any program you decide to take in college. Your friends are right; you need to have a strategy and effective skills for college studying if you want to excel in college. Here are some of the best studying habits you should develop in college.

  • Attend all your lectures: The best thing about college for most people is the freedom. Teachers will not follow up to find out why you did not attend their lectures. You are treated as an adult and expected to act like one. Most students take advantage of this and instead of attending lectures they spend most of their time partying, socializing and taking trips. If you want to maintain good academic performance in college, you need to attend all your lectures. The best thing about attending lectures is the fact that you will not have to spend so much time doing solo study since most of your studying will be a review of your lecture notes.
  • Be active: Always attend your tutorials and participate in all the activities given. If there are any topics you do not understand, be sure to ask for clarification before proceeding. It is also important to share your opinion and listen to other people’s points of view. These interactions will enable you to broaden your understanding, hone in on your skills and build your confidence.
  • Take time to relax: Even if your main goal is to succeed in college, you should not make your life all about studying. Create some time to socialize and make friends. This will make you relax and unwind from long hours of studying. It will also make learning more enjoyable for you because you are not constantly doing the same thing over and over again.
  • Identify a conducive study environment: Find a silent place like the library where there aren’t many distractions to do all your studying. This will help you concentrate and learn more as opposed to when you study in a noisy area.

You can develop these habits through practice and the best thing is the fact that you do not need study helpers to develop these skills. Try it out; you will definitely see a great improvement in your studies.

Emily Alexandera year ago

Most people assume that the students who perform well in college were born bright. However, this is not the case; high ranking students in college are the students who have taken initiative to develop effective study habits which yield results. It is possible for anyone to develop these habits. You only need to be patient and consistent with the things you do and eventually, you will definitely see a great improvement in your grades. I believe the most important habit you should develop is prioritizing. Make studying a priority and come up with an effective studying plan. With time you will notice that studying comes easy to you and this will also reflect in your academic performance if you are doing it right. However, do not forget to enjoy the journey by taking a break to spend time with your friends and family members once in a while.


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