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7 Fool Proof Ways to Study in College

This post is all about 7 fool proof ways to study in college.

Everyone has different study processes and what works for one may not work for the other.

However, one thing that probably won’t work is cramming to study the day before your test. Even though you haven’t heard one thing your professor said the whole semester.

Make this semester different.

Take action at the beginning of the semester and outline every single assignment that will be due across all of the classes you will be taking.

This way, you can map out a plan for how you are about to absolutely kill it this semester! 

Use our 7 fool proof ways to study in college to start getting the best grades ever.

Go to class, pay attention and take notes

In order to effectively understand the material, it’s sooo important for you to go to class so you can actually hear what your professor has to say. 

Even if you hate your classes, going will give you an advantage. What might this advantage be?

Your professor has a unique perspective on the material and can give his/her personal experience on the subject matter. Which will aid you in committing the information to memory.

Professors love putting things on the test that they’ve mentioned in class since students are notorious for not showing up.

Take note of everything your professor is going over and highlight each point that they claim to be important. If your professor is generous enough to give a study guide, your notes will help you get through that study guide in lightning speed.

Organize, Organize, Organize!

Organization will be your best friend in college. There’s so much going on in campus life so it’s ridiculously easy to get distracted.

The parties, the boys and the randomness is a full time job in and of itself. Organizing and having a set date and time for everything, will literally simplify your life to the fullest.

First things first, what classes are you taking? Is the class super hard or is it a little easier than the rest? These questions will help you to organize your time effectively.

Write down all of your classes and order them by level of difficulty with the most difficult at the top since you’ll be spending more time on those classes. You may need to dedicate more time to study for your chemistry class than you will for your psychology class.

Carve out time to study for each class, it is said that you should study atleast one to three hours per credit hour for each class (you may or may not need this amount of time).

Place priority on studying

The best way to succeed is to understand the benefits of studying in college—good grades, a higher GPA and entrance into your program of study are some of the many benefits.

If you are not willing to put in the work, the results will show in your grades. Poor performance gets us nowhere, we have to do the work in order to succeed. Hold yourself accountable.

If you have a test tomorrow at 8am, it’s probably not the best idea to go to that party that all of your friends will be at. 

College is a juggling act, and if you can’t hang, you may find yourself crashing and burning and that’s never a good thing.

While it may seem like you’re missing out because you always find yourself studying, you’ll thank yourself in the long run. Remember, you’re in this for the long haul. There’s no crime in hanging out with your friends. But the ultimate goal is to graduate with honors with your degree in hand.

Reach out to your professor

Do not sleep on those office hours. They notice.

Professors know the students that show up to class because their attendance counts and they know the ones that actually try. 

And if you go to a university where there are hundreds of students in your class, this trick will definitely get your professor to notice you.

This is important because at the end of the semester when you are in desperate need of a curve. They will remember all those times that you sat in their office and asked for help.

If the class is difficult and you have taken advantage of your professors office hours (because most students don’t). They will remember your name and your face. It’s an alliance that you should try to build.

Join a study group

If you didn’t know, study group members be lookin’ out. 

If there’s a group of 5, surely someone in the group knows how to do that difficult assignment that no one understands. 

Even better, you all can split assignments between each other. If the study guide is 100 questions, divide the number of questions by the group members, and boom, the study guide will be completed 5 times faster than if you would’ve done it yourself.

Take your time

Do not rush through the material. As we mentioned earlier, organize!

If you’ve given yourself enough time to get through the material, there should be no reason why you should be rushing through your notes.

In order to get the most of each study session. You should give yourself enough time to really dive into the information.

The better you understand the information, the better you will do on the test/quiz. That’s a no brainer.

Stop wasting time

Have you ever set aside one hour to study but you spent 45 minutes scrolling through your phone?

Put the phone down and focus on what is in front of you.

We often wonder why we can never find the time to do the things that need to be done and it is because we spend our time wasting time. 

When you carve out time to study, study! 

Do not make a phone call, do not scroll this social media, do not stare off into space, study! Put your phone across the room where you can’t reach it.

If someone calls you while you’re studying, tell them you’re busy. Better yet, don’t even answer the phone. Your phone should be out of reach anyway.

Make time for you

The last tip we have for you, is to make time for you!

With our tips, we are not implying that this is easy. It’s not! You deserve credit for even attempting to apply these tips.

This kind of discipline does not happen overnight but it does happen overtime with consistent effort. Consistently placing priority on your studies will give you the results you want. The keyword here is: consistently.

We’re sure there’s a lot going on around you and it may seem like you’re drowning in the workload, but you can do it! You can handle more than you think.

Do not abort the mission. Didn’t you go to college to get your degree, make your parents proud and work in a field you love?

Then don’t stop. No matter how hard it gets, no matter how much you feel like you can’t do it. You can, and you will! 

Let us know if these tips have helped you in any way and let us know some of your own tips that you use to study!

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