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10 Study Tips TO Succeed in College

As a college student, studying can be a challenge, especially with the many distractions that come with living with a big family, living on campus, or just simply having a busy schedule.

However, developing good study habits is crucial to academic success, and although it might seem daunting, with a little bit of preparation you make things much easier for yourself.

Here are 10 study tips to help you make the most of your time and achieve your academic goals:

  1. Create a schedule: Set aside specific times during the week to study and stick to your schedule as much as possible. This will help you stay organized and avoid last-minute cramming – which can reduce the amount of information you retain for exams.

  2. Find a quiet study space: Find somewhere quiet and relaxing where you can focus and minimize distractions. This could be a library, coffee shop, or a corner of your house that isn't busy.

  3. Take breaks: Taking regular breaks can help improve focus and retention. Take a break every 45-60 minutes to rest your mind and avoid burnout. Alternatively, you could start using the Pomodoro Technique; a time management method based on 25-minute stretches of focused work broken by five-minute breaks.

  4. Use active study techniques: Instead of just reading your notes, use active study techniques such as summarizing, self-testing, and explaining the material to someone else.

  5. Eliminate distractions: This is becoming more and more difficult to manage the more technology evolves, but it is crucial that you ensure you can't be distracted by anything that could harm your rhythm. Make sure your phone is on "do not disturb" mode, turn off social media notifications, and try to avoid the 100s of other distractions that can interrupt your focus.

  6. Stay organized: Keep your study materials organized and create a system for keeping track of assignments, exams, and other important deadlines.

  7. Use study aids: Use study aids such as flashcards, study guides, and mnemonic devices to help improve retention and recall.

  8. Get enough sleep: Make sure you get enough sleep each night to ensure that your mind is alert and focused during study sessions. According to research by the University of Pennsylvania, sleep not only gives students more energy, it also "helps students learn, memorize, retain, recall"

  9. Stay motivated: Set goals for yourself and reward yourself when you achieve them. This can help keep you motivated and focused on your studies. These could be short or long term rewards, such as allowing yourself to watch an episode of your favourite show after a study session, or booking a trip to your favourite city if you hit your target grades.

  10. Seek help when needed: Don't be afraid to seek help from professors, tutors, or academic advisors if you're struggling with a particular subject or assignment. Don't forget that your fellow students are in the same boat as you, so take advantage of their support when revising or when doing coursework.

By implementing these study tips, you can improve your academic performance, reduce stress, and achieve success in college. Remember to stay disciplined, stay focused, and stay motivated! It isn't an exact science by any means, but by understanding what works best for you, you'll be able to start making improvements straight away.


About the Author

Danny Nolan BA (Hons)

Danny is a professional marketer with over 10 years of experience working in various marketing positions in the Tech, Finance, and Educational sectors in the UK and Mexico. Companies he worked at include the Financial Times in London as well as various growth start-ups, including Funding Options, where he honed his skills as a marketer. He has also worked as a professional copywriter and loves to write for work and in his spare time.

Prior to this, Danny graduated from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Media Production, specializing in Television and Radio Production.

Now based in Monterrey, Mexico, Danny is the Director of Marketing at Crea Universidad, helping build the brand and run the marketing operations of the university.

On a personal level, Danny is a big Blackburn Rovers fan, and enjoys playing and watching many sports including Football, Baseball, Golf and Cricket. He enjoys traveling and exploring new places, having visited many countries and continents around the world. His belief is that you should always try and learn new things and take on any challenge that is put in front of you; his latest is his move to Mexico, where he has had to learn how to adapt to a new language and culture.

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