A Simple 4-Step Guide To Studying For University Students

A Simple 4-Step Guide To Studying For University Students

Managing the time given is so important...

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A simple, yet effective guide for university students who struggle with studying techniques. Most college students struggle with studying because of all the distractions around them, hopefully, this little list will be of help to you! I hope if you enjoy this article you will share it with another university student!

1. Stick to the subject you're studying.

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When studying for a quiz, test, or exam, be sure to stick to the subject you're being tested on, study it multiple times leading up to the day of the exam, this is proven to work better than cramming it in the night before.

Start with reviewing the oldest material, working your way up to the most recent, take your time and review notes, guides and past work. Set aside the material you struggle with the most and keep reviewing it until you get a good understanding, even watching informational videos on the subject can help you get a better understanding.

If you're studying for more than one class then rotate between the subjects but stay organized while doing this, try to review for the classes you're LEAST confident about the most, review all the material and rewrite some notes on it.

2. Time management is essential

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Managing the time given is so important, start studying at least a week before, studying a little bit each day, but be aware of how much you study. Studying for 30 minutes then take a five-minute break, but during this break try to avoid technology and social media, this will distract you from getting back to studying, instead try stretching and grabbing a healthy snack, taking a nice break helps extend your attention for the next 30 minutes.

The time spent studying should be productive and purposeful. The max time spent studying in one session should be no more than two hours, your brain becomes strained and your attention grows less. Always be sure to have a break and regenerate for the next study session.

Planning out your studying sessions can be extremely effective, using a planner to schedule what day you'll study a certain topic helps you stick to the task. Studying can be messy but planning it out and creating a set schedule for your sessions makes it seem but easier.

3. Study with a friend.

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Studying with a friend, or in a group (when done right) can be an effective way of studying. Building a routine and have other people to study with is a great way to prepare for exams! An important part of studying with a friend or in a group is comparing notes, this gives you a different perspective on the topic and you'll see what they find is most important.

Overall studying with a friend increases retention and expands your access to information.

4. Find a comfortable environment.

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Whether you commute or live on campus, there is always a great, guaranteed spot to study. Everyone has their own type of environment they like, so find one that suits you, whether it be an environment with white noise or a quiet secluded area. Find one you're comfortable with and stick with it, make it a routine.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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