College Transitions: 7 Study Tips for Freshmen
Studying? Psshh! Yeah, you got that. Just check out these tips to help you study like a pro in college.
Prioritize Your Classes
Not all classes are the same. As you make your way through college, figure out which ones have the toughest tests and the pickiest professors. Devote most of your study time to the hard classes and avoid over-studying for an easy exam.
Know Your Strengths
Some people work best in groups. Others study best alone. Know your strengths and stick to them so you can stay effective while you study.
Pick a Place
The beer pong table should not double as a study desk. Choose somewhere quiet and away from distractions, like a library, park, or secluded spot in the dorms. Whatever you do, DO NOT study in your bed! You’ll either fall asleep while you’re studying or you’ll be thinking about studying when it’s time to sleep. Either way, it’s a lose-lose.
Get Off Facebook
YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit — they’re so much fun, but they spell trouble when it comes to studying. Stay away from social media as much as possible. But if you absolutely must get your fix…
Take a Break
Everyone deserves a little study break. Not only will you get your Facebook fix, but you’ll also feel fresh and rejuvenated for your next study session. Try separating 30-minute study intervals with 15-minute breaks. Just make sure to set a timer so your break doesn’t run over!
You might as well make the study experience as pleasant as possible. Throw on some comfy clothes (not PJs — you don’t want to fall asleep) and grab a snack or your favorite drink (not beer). Do whatever it takes to have more of a positive mindset while you study. It will help you study longer and absorb more information.
You WILL pull an all-nighter at some point in college; but try not to do it too often. Lack of sleep is bad not only for your health, but also for your memory and concentration, so it’s a pretty ineffective way to study. Instead of studying seven hours in one night, start studying two weeks before an exam for 30 minutes each day. You’ll be much more prepared and well rested come test day.
About the Author: Lisa Ferguson is a cohost of TYT University, the largest college news and lifestyle channel on YouTube. She also runs the news and politics website lisaferguson.tv. Follow her on Twitter @lisa_ferg.