Studying can be hard. Especially if you’re new to college and are still getting used the workload. You might have started seeing your grades drop. Perhaps you haven’t even written your first test, but you know you’re not nearly as prepared as you should be.
Whether you’re studying at a small college, a big university, or one of the schools on this list from Higher Learning Today, you’re sure to find some helpful tips in this post.
Manage your time
Time management is incredibly important when it comes to your studies. If you leave everything to the last minutes, you won’t have enough time to get your assignments done to the best of your abilities, or to study all the work.
Try and get things done as soon as you get them, and only relax afterwards. Besides, you won’t be able to truly relax anyway if you know there is an assignment or test looming that you are not prepared for.
Make use of all possible resources
Your college likely has a lot of resources to offer you, and you’re lucky enough to live in a world where the internet contains loads of resources. Use your textbooks, as well as any forums or extra classes your college might offer.
The internet will be filled with resources for specific fields of study or qualifications, from ACCA certification resources to resources for medical students. You can even look at videos to help you understand the work.
Have the right materials
Everyone studies using different methods and different materials, so make sure that you’re stocked up on your preferred materials. Whether you study on a computer or paper, using black and white or color, it will help to have all of your study materials in one easily accessible place.
Start a study group
Study groups are a great way to kill two birds with one stone – you get to see your friends (or meet new ones!) and also get some studying done Many people study better in a group environment, since they get to hear different people’s perspectives on the subject matter, which might help them grasp it better.
Study sessions will also motivate you to study, since everyone in the study group will help hold the others accountable. There are many reasons why you should start a study group, so give it a shot and see if your grades improve.
Ask for help
Whether you ask a fellow student or a professor, remember that there are people who will be willing to help you. Don’t suffer in silence – if you don’t understand something, ask!
Your professors are there to help you and they want to see you succeed. Most of them would be more than willing to help you out, even if it means staying a few minutes after class. You won’t know unless you ask.
Asking for help doesn’t just apply to your schoolwork, but also to your personal life. College can put a lot of strain on you and affect your mental health, so don’t feel embarrassed about asking for help if you’re starting to feel the effects.
Eat the right foods and drink a lot of water
Your body and brain need proper fuel in order to study, so if you’re cramming, put away the chips and chocolate and try to nourish your body and brain with healthy, nutritious foods. Be sure to also drink plenty of water to help keep you energized and focused.
You might not know this, but there are in fact certain foods that help you focus. Of course, you want to be able to concentrate as much as possible when you’re studying so that you get as much done and retained as possible, so it might be worth a shot to eat some and see whether they have any effect.
Try different methods
If your grades aren’t improving, it might be because you’re not using the right study method for you, so play around until you find one that works. Try studying in the morning, the afternoon and the evening to see what works for you. Try studying in a group, or alone. With music, or without.
Some people study best by reading, others by listening, so it might be good to figure out whether you are a visual or auditory learner. You can even see a specialist who can help you figure out which methods will work best for you. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep trying, and your hard work will show.