How To Study For College
Whether you are fresh out of high school, ripe with online education, diving in from home schooling, have received your G.E.D., or are jumping back in from a long winded break, college welcomes all backgrounds. Despite the diversity throughout the student body, there is one common characteristic that strings them all together: study habits. Instead of a lack in strategically mapping out a study schedule, college students now struggle with following it. These days, procrastination is more of a plague than an individual problem.
There are a number of things that play into a student’s academic success- work, social life, family, errands, appointments, etc. advisors response: make use of your recreational time. But that time is vital for some much deserved R & R- rest and relaxation. So students succumb to the feeling of dread as their hourglass for each project drains away fast.
The best way to take the pressure off, but still enjoy the little free time you have, is to keep the following three tips in mind -
Don’t Over Compensate
Don’t pretend that you don’t need sleep, even for one night. Sleep keeps you sharper and more alert so that you can retain information and recall it easily when needed. Also don’t cater to your friends rather than your studies. Students have the tendency to make excuses for why they can’t focus, and often, it’s due to some over-bearing issue in their social circle. But if they have your best interest at heart, they’ll understand your priorities.
Fast A Little
That old adage about a mandatory breakfast is dismal. The older we get, the less that becomes important. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence to show that skipping a meal every now and then, especially during sprints of crunch-time with school, majorly reduces stress. When your body isn’t busy digesting, it has more energy to supply the brain power you need to keep focused.
Stick To A Schedule
No, there’s no way to get past this part. It’s imperative to every students academic devours to create a solid schedule and adhere to it. Chunk the steps to your assignment, and spread it throughout the allotted time, so that you finish it incrementally. Also, it helps to have an activity to do outside of studying, like video games, which you can easily bounce back and forth from, in order to gain some much needed reprieve from overload, even in one small session.
Procrastination affects nearly every college student it seems, but with utilizing a few of the skills above, you can greatly alleviate that nagging pressure that comes from your school work.