While you may not have that many hours of classes each week, you
still have to account for the time you’ll need to spend studying for
them. Here are some tips on how you can fit your study time into your
- Take advantage of downtime. If you take a long bus
ride each day or have some spare time while you do your laundry, why
not use it to get a little studying in? The less time you waste during
downtime, the more time you’ll have later.
- Set goals. It can be hard to get motivated to
study when you don’t have a clear goal in mind. Set a goal of how much
you want to get done and try your best to meet it.
- Use the syllabus. Your syllabus
will let you know when and how fast you’ll be covering topics in your
class. You can use it to get ahead when you have extra time or to know
when and what you’ll need to work on each day to keep up.
- Work to boost your memory. You’ll spend much less time studying
if you can remember what you study the first time around. Easier said
than done, however, but you can play games, read books and eat foods
that will help keep you at your maximum memory potential.
- Learn what works for you. Different methods work
better for different people. If you’re struggling with a certain way
you’ve been studying, try something else. You may find it takes you
less time and that you get a lot more out of it by making a simple
- Study difficult subjects first. There’s no sense
in putting off the worst for last — it will only encourage you to
procrastinate and get less done in the long run. Get the hard stuff out
of the way and you’ll have a much happier rest of the day.
- Work in short blocks with breaks. You won’t be doing yourself any favors by pulling marathon study sessions with no breaks. Studies have shown
that the most effective way to get through material is to go through it
in smaller sessions and to give your mind and eyes time to rest in
between with short breaks.
- Team up with classmates. There’s no need to study
alone if you can get more out of working with your classmates.
Sometimes collaboration can be a much faster way to get through
material, and it can be a great help if you’re struggling with certain
concepts. Just make sure your study sessions don’t get too off track.
- Avoid skipping class. While everyone skips a class
now and again to catch up on sleep or to get other things done they
feel are more pressing, try not to make a habit of it. Going to class
will make it easier for you to keep up with the material and will give
you the chance to ask questions.
- Create a strategy. You’ll get the most out of your
study time if you go into it with a strategy in mind. Focus on certain
subjects first or spend a little extra time on topics that you struggle
with. Whatever you do, make sure it works for you and makes the most of