8 useful study tips for college students

It’s true what they say: getting into any top engineering school in the Philippines is an accomplishment in itself, as standards are high and the entrance exam can be quite difficult. When you do get in, there’s the added pressure to at least pass your subjects to help you keep your spot in school.

One shouldn’t stress too much over their studies, but neither should you slack off. Here are eight study tips for all college students to help improve your study habits.

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Attend your classes

This is a given, but it’s surprising to see how many students are willing to cut classes. Never miss a lesson unless something even more important comes up. Give your professors some credit and take advantage of all the lectures that they prepare. Do not forget to participate during discussions to stimulate your brain. Active engagement fosters deeper interest making it easier for you to understand the lecture.

Take Good Notes

Taking down good notes is the key to having good grades. Your writing doesn’t need to be very neat, as long as you can still understand it after class. Rewrite your notes as soon as possible because this is the perfect opportunity to review your notes without putting so much pressure on yourself.

Be Organized

Organize all your school supplies and other materials to ensure that you don’t end up losing them. Start using a detailed planner or calendar to schedule some time for you to study every day.

Find Alternate Spaces to Study

According to The New York Times, students need to have more than one place to study. Changing the venue every once in a while improves their memory skills, helps reduce boredom, and boosts productivity. Look for spots where you think it will be comfortable for you to study in and alternate areas to keep you motivated.

Join Study Groups

If you are having a hard time with a certain class lesson, topic, or material, then consider joining a study group. You could gain friends or, at the very least, great study buddies if you manage to find the right group for you.

Unplugging and Reconnecting

Computers, along with other technological devices today, can really help students with their studies. However, they are also a cause of distraction. It’s best to avoid them as much as possible during study time. If you really need to use the computer or Internet, avoid accessing any social media site. No, not even to “just check”.

Don’t Cram!

Procrastination is very tempting and easy to fall into, but you will always end up hating yourself after doing so. Dedicating a short time for studying every day is more effective than studying for hours the day before an exam. Keep in mind that good study habits stem from properly pacing yourself.

Take a Break and Sleep

Take at least a few minutes of break every time you study. Your mind needs to stay in top condition and you need to stay energized. Get a decent amount of sleep every night to avoid fatigue. Tiredness can result in a slow mind, after all.

Nobody said studying is easy, but you’ll only make it harder for yourself if you don’t do it properly. Never put yourself down by thinking you’re not bright enough to do it. Work hard and hope for the best.

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