College courses are different from the high school course. Surely, college courses are at a level higher to school course. Moreover, in college, students attend fewer lectures and classes and therefore preparation depends more on one’s self and the courseware is quite challenging. Add the excitement of college life to the mix, and it can be difficult to stay focused on studying.
- Determine the way of studying
Not every student studies effectively in the same way. For example, a visual learner may need to re-read notes and diagram key concepts to help remember them. Social learners—students who prefer to learn with others—need to build study groups. Students should pay attention to what ways are easiest for them to learn new concepts, recall essential information, and process course materials.
- To figure out where to study
College canteen or library? It may seem like a great idea to study in a quiet library carrel, but if a student thrives on energy from other people, the constant background noise of a coffee shop may actually make for a more effective study location. Conversely, if a student is easily distracted by people and activities around them, studying at the coffee shop would be a recipe for a poor exam grade! The bottom line is that each student should study in the right environment for him or her.
- Plan a schedule
All parents’ emphasis kids to complete their homework before they go to play outside. College students can apply the same logic to their studies, ensuring they do their schoolwork before going to hang out with friends. Another technique students may find useful is scheduling routine study time on their calendars.
- Build your Concentration
Many people are surprised to learn that their powers of concentration can be improved. Just as athletes build their endurance and strength, students can increase their ability to concentrate on study materials. Students will find it valuable to explore the wide variety of free online resources, books, and programs that offer advice and tips for building concentration.
- Studying at right time.
Last minute studying will help nor will late night studies do. Scheduling study time is a great idea, but it won’t serve students well if they’re scheduling it at the wrong times! Everyone has natural biological rhythms that make them more energetic at certain times of the day, and students should notice when studying is easiest for them. Morning people can plan to study earlier in the day, while night owls may be fine planning to study after their roommates have gone to bed.
- Note down random thoughts coming while studying
One of the biggest distraction to students are their own thoughts. Many students will find that keeping a notebook or electronic file handy, and writing down their extraneous, non-study-related thoughts will stop them from becoming real distractions. Looking at the clock may also be a point of distraction. When studying, students should remember the phrase “quality over quantity.” It is possible to study too much for something. Students need to study as much or as little as they need to – and that amount may vary from subject to subject and assignment to assignment.
- Try new and different techniques to keep engaged in studying process
Studying doesn’t have to mean sitting alone at a desk reviewing class notes. Successful students often keep their minds engaged and focused by switching up their approaches to learning. Try something new like concept mapping to understand how ideas fit together, developing mnemonics to remember key ideas or timelines, or working with a partner or small group.
Many distractions of daily college life leads to many students using their time ineffectively. But by employing different ways of studying can lead to good studying habits and good habits will you’re your valuable connection with concepts and problems.
Happy Studying! 🙂