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Effective Study Habits for College Students

7 Effective Study Habits for College Students

Effective study habits are essential for success in college.  I bet that if you asked someone what they thought of first when the heard the term "college study habits" 7 out of 10 people would respond with answers like - "Staying up until the wee hours of the morning, Pulling all-nighters, Long hours in the library, etc. However, this does not have to be the case. Read on for 7 effective study habits of successful college students.

Tips for Outside of the Clasroom

1. Develop a routine. Designate a place and time strictly for studying and accomplishing work. Giving yourself a specific time-frame and place will assist you in getting into "study mode". Try hard to keep these hours free in your schedule, only moving them if you have to. You will be surprised how much you can fit into about 2 - 3 hours of designated study time. Be sure to take small 3 - 5 minute breaks every hours to keep your mind fresh and relaxed. With any luck, developing a routine might even enable you to get ahead on your work!

2. Know What is Due When. Be sure to plan ahead. It would be a real shame if you found out you had two papers due the day before they were due. To aviod this, keep a watchful eye on your syllabus and work on these papers as you have time. If you prefer to write papers all at once, try to do it all during your scheduled study session.

3. Read Ahead! Professors schedule reading in the syllabus for a reason! Usually the reading is assigned one day ahead, so that what you read can be discussed during the next meeting of that class. Many professors like to pull pop quizzes from the assigned reading. It would be terrible to have your grades suffer all because you did not read a few pages. During especially long readings, you might be able to get away with skimming for main thoughts and points. Take notes on the reading for more reinforcement of the information.

4. SLEEP! Most professors say that the best and most productive student is a well rested student! Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, and loss of valuable information if you fall asleep during class. It is important to set a target time to go to bed each night. Realistically, somewhere in the realm of 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 am is a good time. It is preferable to get between 6 - 8 hours of sleep each night so that you can wake up and feel rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle another day of classes.

Tips for Inside the Classroom

1. Take notes. Taking good notes of the professors main lecture points will reinforce the information in your mind, and allow you to have something to look back at when studying for an exam. Many professors make it easy to take notes via the usage of handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and black/whiteboards. Don't try to write down everything the teacher says. Copy the main points and explanations. If you can, compare your notes to those of another student to pick up anything you may have missed.

2. Interact. If you don't understand a concept or just need clarification do not be afraid to ask your professor during class. If the professor prefers not to go about things that way, approach the professor after class or during their office hours. Many professors think highly of the students who seek out their help. It shows a desire and willingness to succeed. Most professors are happy to take the time to make sure you understand what you need to.

3. Recap. As soon as class ends, just take a minute to read over your notes and what you just learned. This will reinforce the information and keep it fresh in your mind. Do little one to two minute review sessions like this as you have oppurtunity throughout the day. This will allow you to pick up in the next class where you left off in the last class.

This is far from the "be all, end all" - end all, be all" for college study tips. I would love to hear about which study habits help you remember information and prepare you for the next class. Study well, work hard!



Yassine on October 05, 2019:

Wow that's great idea you know what thank you for help really appreciate before reading the tips i was afraid to ask some question into the prof but right now i think i'll got as a step to do it really thank you.

nkem on September 10, 2019:

I got motivated through this write up , thank you!.

Vivian Salami on September 09, 2019:

This is very useful for me because I always feel shy to interact.

mya on August 26, 2017:

this is useful for my perfect study habits

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Bharath on November 01, 2013:

Great Article! Re-inforcing certain good things always help us stick to what we want and achieve in a proper way!

Frances on April 08, 2013:

It gave me new ideas and techniques in studying thanks..

neth on September 16, 2012:

can u give me an outline example for effective study habits for college students?

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aeiou eyyu on August 22, 2012:

omg.. soooo hard dealing with my subjects..

mohana on March 28, 2012:

thanks ....really helps

Lheo on June 17, 2011:

thanks...nothing comes easy as they say you have to sweat, there is no easy way to success!!!

hwazo on March 29, 2011:

thanks really helps...can't wait for more..

belle02 on March 11, 2011:

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Jitender singh on March 01, 2011:

Amazing it will sure be helpful.

mh on February 05, 2011:

i m loving it

noel llamar on November 29, 2010:

thanks for these hubs. would be able to help students with these at the same time, you can help researchers.

cheeseychum on July 21, 2010:

ok.... i guess. u should put 6 more habits down

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Albertttt on December 15, 2009:

Very good.

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Pati on June 26, 2009:

I'm having a hard time right now choosing my own study habits. I'm always pressured because its as if I want to memorize the book I'm reading. I'm a nursing student. Can you help me?

Twin XL on June 21, 2009:

Excellent suggestions! Thanks for the post!

Education in the Philippines Forum on May 16, 2009:

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maliha amin on April 03, 2009:

good comments it works

Jessica Richmond on February 11, 2009:

Great hub! I found in school that developing a routine was one of the most effective ways to improve study habits. I'm working on a hub of a similar nature - would I be able to put a link to your hub within mine? Thanks! Jessica

aZzAlEa on December 09, 2008:

you're cool....!!!


LY Wong on October 02, 2008:

A great hub, good study habits is importanrt in effective learning.

rhea on September 29, 2008:

.....can u plz give specific answer of study habits of accountancy students??????????

Ryan Hupfer from San Francisco, CA on August 15, 2008:

Dude, loving your Hubs - can't wait to chat!

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