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5 Study Tips For College Students!

08-25-2022 by Amelia Gorman

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With college Fall semesters already kicking off, we know the transition from Summer break to rigorous course loads can be hard to manage. After 3 months of no class readings, no assignments, and no exams, getting back into the routine of studying can be a daunting task. To help you out, we’ve created a list of 5 helpful study tips for students heading back to their college campuses!


1. Buy a Planner — And Actually Use It!

Trying to keep track of all the deadlines and assignments from 3-4 different syllabi is nearly impossible, but planners are the easiest way to keep track of them. If you want to take it even one step further, sit down one night and mark every single deadline for the entire semester in your planner, and you won’t miss anything!


2. Schedule Your Own "Study Halls"

Obviously no one gets a study hall built into their schedule in college, so take it upon yourself to schedule it in on your own! Having time dedicated to studying can ease a lot of stress and help build structure into your daily routine. College is all about finding your independence and work ethic, so you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor with this one!


3. Go To The Library! (Or Literally Anywhere Besides Your Dorm Room)

Studying in your dorm room will only accomplish 2 things: distraction and sleepiness. Having a space like the library or a campus coffee shop is so helpful because it keeps you focused and also provides a sense of community! Not only will your exam results improve, but your social life will as well!


4. Get Plenty of Sleep

Your sleep schedule is probably the most important thing to protect in college, because, without a normal sleep schedule, your ability to focus and thrive is severely impacted. Don’t cram and pull all-nighters; it will be a huge disservice to your health and your academic performance!


5. Take Breaks Every 2 Hours

Studies have shown that people are unable to keep complete focus for longer than 2 hours at a time. So, after 2 hours of hard work, don’t feel bad for going on your phone, grabbing a coffee, going for a walk, or taking a nap — your brain needs it! Read more about the benefits of breaks here!


We hope these study tips help you out this semester and ease some back-to-school stress!