Between balancing school, a social life, work, family, clubs, and all our other daily activities, it can be easy for students to become overwhelmed. However, a great way to ease some of that stress is to focus on creating better study habits for yourself, that way you’re using up less of your energy worrying and more of it on your other responsibilities.
Here I have listed some of the most useful study habits/tips that I use to get through the semester:
- Create a study space!
This may or may not seem obvious, but creating a space specifically dedicated to studying is super important! You want to be sure that you make yourself an area solely dedicated to your studies and away from distractions. Preferably somewhere quiet with all your schoolwork in one place, that way you can compartmentalize it into its own nook in your life, and you don’t feel as if it may clutter other areas. When you walk into this area, you know it’s time to get to work, and when you leave, you can relax knowing you’re done!
- Take coherent notes!
Too often when studying, I find myself in quite a pickle. I sit down, crack out my notebook, turn to the chapter I need and… I have no idea what I wrote down means. Sometimes they’re floating sentences, a phrase or two out of place, or maybe something my teacher said that was important that I have written on the sheet, all completely lacking context. To be able to study you must make sure you’re going to understand your notes, so if you can, take the few extra minutes in class to give your future self some context. Although you may remember it in class, you may thank yourself later by adding a few extra words!
- Take breaks!
I don’t think I can say this one loud enough. Too often do I see fellow peers cramming last minute without any breaks because they’re trying to soak up as much information as they possibly can. Little do they realize how quickly that kind of studying can drain and exhaust you. Before you realize it, you’ll be staring at your notes reading, but not processing anything. Your brain needs to take a break every now and then – it can’t run at full capacity forever without drawbacks. I always try taking a break every 30 to 60 minutes of studying, each break lasting 5 to 10 minutes. These little breaks allow your brain to reset and bring you back ready to learn again!
- Utilize all your available resources!
This tip speaks for itself. When you find yourself needing help, don’t be afraid to reach out to your instructors for guidance. Take advantage of tutoring opportunities available at your college/university and reach out to fellow classmates when you’re confused. Not to mention the thousands of opportunities for help available online for your use!
- Use the Hawkes Practice Mode!
Branching off the last tip, the Hawkes Practice mode is a great way to test yourself into being sure you understand your course material. This mode is very user-friendly and if you ever have questions navigating it or need help you can always reach out to your school’s local Hawkes Ambassador or get ahold of the Hawkes support team to walk you through it! This study tool allows students to test themselves on their course material, so if you have an exam coming up, or you just want to feel more comfortable with the material, the Hawkes Practice tool is a great study tool to use!