It is easy to do the bare minimum while in college: skim by on C grades, do a minimal amount of studying, or to let other people handle most of the work. Truth is, however, that this minimal attitude will not allow you to get all you can out of these limited years. College is a time of learning certain life skills, and learning how to correctly study is a skill that not only will help you in school but will also aid in your choice of career.
Breaking a habit can be incredibly difficult and time-consuming, but trust us, it’s completely worth it.
Studying from Home
This may seem like an odd idea but the truth is that studying at home is not conducive to performing well in college. For one, there are so many distractions at home: laundry, chores, food, random things to play with, TV, video games, and roommates. Even locking yourself in your bedroom can prove detrimental as a bed in your peripheral vision may make a nap too much of a tempting alternative to hitting the books.
Studying All Night
While there are some benefits to cramming, staying up the entire night before an exam is not one of them. In order for the brain to function properly, it needs time to rest. Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can slow down your brain’s processing of information which turns into you losing all retention when you sit down to take an exam. Break this habit by spreading out your study times for before bedtime.
Only Reading After Class
Did you know that if you read the assigned content before class that your brain is more likely to remember the information? If the text is fresh in your mind, your brain will create automatic organization storage, similar to file cabinets, that will then assign the content correctly as your professor goes over it. You will also be able to ask questions about the reading since you’ve already read it and gain a better understanding of the material.
Everyone knows procrastinating is never a healthy way to get things done. Not only does it place a lot of pressure on your brain to figure things out, but it also drains you very quickly. Make time management a priority so that you are not waiting until the very last minute to finish projects, papers, or study for an exam.
Listening to Music (with lyrics)
When you listen to music while studying, it can be very distracting. This only gets worse when you add lyrics and random beats that take over your brain. Our recommendation, if you insist on listening to music while studying is to go lyric-free. Classical music, scores from movies, or a general instrumental so that the only words you hear are the ones you are reading from the text. Classical music is also said to help aid the brain as well as make the human body feel calm.
If you are looking to earn good grades and make the most of your years in college, be it studying for the University of Wisconsin’s pre-law classes, you’ll need to establish healthy study habits.