If you read my 2017 Goals post, you know that one of my goals for this year is to get straight As in my college classes. (And if you haven’t read it, check it out here!) With that goal in mind, I’ve really been working on my study routine and these tips have been invaluable for me in my quest for better grades.
1. Don’t study on your bed.
I know, I know, this isn’t my favorite tip either! I love my bed- it’s a comfortable refuge after a long day and one of my favorite places on campus. It’s for exactly those reasons that I can’t, and you shouldn’t, study in bed. Your brain associates bed as a place of relaxation and sleep, which are not what you want when you’re trying to study! I get bored sitting at desks but I’ve started laying on the floor or working in one of the many lounges in my dorm, and I’m much more productive when I’m not in bed.
2. Create (and stick to) a routine.
College is crazy and there are always different things going on, so this routine isn’t based in doing things at a specific time, but rather in a specific order. Having a routine helps your brain understand that it’s time to focus and get work done. For me, what works best is laying out my notebooks and planner in the same way each time, placing my phone in the same pocket of my backpack every time, and beginning a study session by going through my to-do list and prioritizing it. I make sure I have a snack nearby and a full bottle of water, and then I’m ready to get to work.
3. Make a to-do list, but keep it limited.
I love lists more than I love a lot of things, so this tip is really hard for me, but when I do it I feel much more productive and accomplished. I have a lot going on every day, and my to-do lists are usually filled with small tasks like emailing a professor and picking up a package, as well as big tasks like writing a paper and studying for an exam. I’ve recently started keeping my to-do lists to just the big tasks, in a priority order of what’s most important. The other tasks get written in a separate list in a separate place, to avoid looking at a list and getting overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff I need to do. It’s hard for me to remember to do, but it really works!
4. Do what works for you.
It sounds cliché, but the most important study tip really is to do what’s best for you and your learning style. I’m a really visual learner and very Type A by nature, so lots of lists and organization are important for me to be at my most productive. But that isn’t how everyone works, and these tips may not be what work best for you! I encourage y’all to experiment with different methods until you find what makes you both happy and productive, which is an unbeatable combination.
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