How to Take on College Studying
Develop Good Study Habits
In college, you’ll need to build on the study skills that you learned in high school. The demands of a college class are probably more rigorous than those you are used to.
You can succeed by knowing what to expect and how to handle it. Think of college as a full-time job, in which you spend 40 hours a week on class, labs, study groups and doing homework.
Being organized and using your time well are essential. Learn more about time management, and use the guidelines below to develop your study skills.
Decide When to Study
Work out about how many hours you need to study every day. Then make a schedule.
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The best places to study have good light, a comfortable temperature and enough desk space — usually your dorm room, your apartment or the library.
For completing problem sets or brainstorming possible test questions, you may want to study with a group or at least in a setting where fellow students are available for discussion.
When you are reading book chapters or working on a research paper, you are probably better off in a less social environment.
Improve Your Study Habits
Here are simple steps you can take to help you get a handle on studying:
Have a routine for where and when you study.
Choose reasonable and specific goals that you can accomplish for each study session.
Do things that are harder or require more intense thought at your most productive time of the day.
Take breaks if you need them so you don't waste time looking at material but not absorbing it.
Get to know students whom you respect and can study with or contact to ask questions.
Keep up with the workload and seek help when you need it.
Do the Reading
You need to do more than just read the chapters you are assigned — you’re expected to understand them thoroughly. Here are some tips:
Don’t skim. Read all the material carefully.
Break up difficult assignments into sections you can digest — chapters, subsections or even paragraphs.
Look up any words that you don’t understand.
Pause to think about whether you understand the material; ask questions in class about anything that is unclear.
Take notes instead of highlighting — this makes you think through and rephrase the key points.
Create a summary sheet of what you learned from each assignment you read.