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How to Study Effectively in College

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If you're in college, there are many things you should keep in mind while studying. You should be sure to prioritize quality over quantity when you study. Knowing how much time you should allocate for studying will help you determine if you're spending enough time on academics. If you're achieving low marks on exams, you can reference how much time you've spent studying and decide whether you need to increase your time. You'll be glad you did when you see your grades improve and you can always ask for help in writing an essay.

If you're a student who goes to bed at two a.m., don't try to study at six a.m. on test day. Plan ahead for studying and set aside a quiet place. If possible, get a quiet room in your dorm or in a quiet place. Living in a crowded dorm will make it nearly impossible for you to study effectively at night. Set aside a time each night when you can study without interruption, and block it on your calendar.

You should also spend a few hours outside of class on your studies each day. Many students find it helpful to do two or three hours of homework outside of class for every hour of class. In addition to studying in class, students should also spend a few hours outside the classroom to prepare for exams. If you can, join a study group or get together with other students to share notes or discuss topics. Remember that it's OK to ask for help - it's part of the learning process.

You'll find that you'll be more successful if you study every subject day. For example, cramming the night before a test can make you a better student, but in college, you need to put in more effort to study for the upcoming exams. You should also take notes in class and read the assigned readings regularly. Often, a professor will assign additional reading that is not addressed in class but is critical to understanding a future class.

In college, you'll probably take two to three classes on any day. Some students take seven or eight classes a week, so ensure you don't get overwhelmed with too many assignments when you start. You can always add more classes as needed if you have the time. Most classes are held Monday through Friday, with a few classes on Saturdays. You'll need to balance your work and studying life, but it's not impossible.

You'll also need to figure out which courses you must take for your major. These courses will be listed clearly in your degree plan. You can then choose a combination of required and elective courses. The latter is a good option if you don't want to take the same courses as your required classes. Elective courses are more specialized and will have fewer students. You can always ask your academic adviser for help if you're undecided.