College can be tough! If you find yourself struggling to study or manage your time to be the best you can in your coursework, don’t worry, we got you!
Here are some helpful study skills and time management strategies to get you to be success in your college career!
Remember, Studying can be very personalized and will differ from student to student. Remember that all subjects are different and may require a variety of ways to study for them. These are general study skills and strategies to help get you started.
- You work better and more effectively when you have an organized set schedule and routine. Having designated time to accomplish what you set out to do will allow you to be more focused.
- Set realistic time periods for you to study, eat, break, and complete assignments. For example, set aside two hours to study, two hours to complete assignments, thirty minutes to eat, etc.
- Plan out your day, such as what time you should wake up, attend classes, eat, workout, study, and rest.
- Use your planner or technology such as your phone + alarms to keep you on track.
Don’t wait until finals or exams to create one, that will stress you out! Creating your own study guides allows freedom to structure and format information that makes the most sense to you. Study guides will make you look at the big picture along with getting into the small details/information about what you learned.
Create study guides weekly, summarizing and recapturing what you learned that week.
- Write key points so that you can retain that information
- Answer questions posed in the textbook, by your professors, peers, and questions you don’t understand!
- Create different types of study guides, visual, written, oral, etc.
- You can use these weekly study guides to help you when it comes to exams and finals!
Take learning into your own hands! By teaching yourself what you learned in class, will make you comprehend information and knowledge your own way. This will make it easier for you to retain information quickly when it comes to recalling it for exams.
- After a lesson, from your notes, re-explain either out loud or by writing the key points, terms, and information in your own words.
- Try to use this skill by thinking about how you would explain this information to a elementary school student, to a middle school student, and then to a high school student. The different grade levels of students will make you use different languages/words, simple to complex, when explaining which will challenge the way you understand the material.
Identifying goals will remind you the “why” you’re spending time to do this item. It will ground you and keep you focused. Goals can motivate you.
- When setting goals, think of the end result you want, for example, you want to get an “A” for your Biology class at the end of the semester. A goal is a mission or vision that you have and want to achieve it.
- When you have identified your goals, whether they are academic, social, personal, physical, etc. write them down somewhere visible for you to see everyday.
- You can also write your goals in your planner for weekly reminders or monthly reminders.
It’s important to prioritize tasks and time since there are things that require urgency. For example, if you have two assignments, one due in two days, the other in a week, you’ll prioritize time to complete the assignment that is due in two days since it is coming up faster than the other.
- When prioritizing, think of a timeline, what are things that need to get done sooner and which ones are going to take longer or more time to complete.
- Identify what are the tasks and items you need to complete. Then along with those items, realistically think how much time you need to invest into completing it. For example, if I have to study for a class, I will estimate that it will take me 2 hours to study.
- Try prioritizing your schedule and these items at the beginning of the week. Write down one to two priority items per day on your calendar/planner so that you know what you need to get done at least for that day.
This is really important for those who cannot multitask. Even those who can, it’s important to fully complete one task/item at a time to ensure it is done well.
- Create a to-do list everyday. This will allow you to divide the task into smaller doable parts.