9. Take really really really really really really good notes. Use a tape recorder in class if it's allowed (or get recorder app on your phone, and be discreet about it, or ask if it's allowed). Go over your notes as soon as you can while the class is still fresh in your mind. You might not be able to make any sense of them an hour or two... or five... later.
8. Disconnect and concentrate. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, video games, whatever you are doing other than looking at a book is taking time away from studying. Study is study, and not social interaction. Turn off your phone (yes, you will live). If you have to look up something online, look it up and then disconnect. (Looking at Pinterest, videos, or Vines does not count as studying, just so you know)
7. Assume you will be studying for several hours. It's part of school. Put study time on your schedule if it will help.
6. Eat nutritious food. It will help you stay awake and concentrate better than chips and candy.
5. Take a break sometimes. Maybe you study an hour, then step away for 10 minutes, then get back at it.
4. Be organized
- Have a copy of the syllabus for each class. Stick it up on the wall where you study, or punch holes in it and keep it in a 3 ring binder, so it can't just slide out and be lost. Refer to it when you aren't sure where the class is going.
- A notebook for each class is a good idea.
- Using highlighters or different colored pens to make some points stand out can be helpful.
- Know where your printer paper is.
- Have a specific place where you always study. If you can't concentrate in your home or dorm, use the library.
- Keep a good supply of pencils, pens, paper clips, staples in a place close to your studying.
- Keep all of these things in the same place. Even a shoebox works, if you put things back and you know you'll be able to find them there the next time you study.
- Sticky notes and flags can be really helpful to make note of important stuff, too.
- Try making your own flash cards. Whether you use them in a group study or on your own, they can be helpful.
3. Find a study group. You can help each other understand the class and give encouragement to one another.
2. Self-test: Make up a test and then 'take it.' You'll see how much you already know and possibly some things you don't. The good news is, you can still learn those things.
1. Do it. The worst thing you can do is think you don't need to study, then show up for a test and fail it completely.
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