8 Study Habits You Need In Your Life

8​ Study Habits You Need To Get Into Before The Semester Hits You Hard

Make this semester your best semester yet!


As you've been in your classes for a few weeks now, you've probably had an okay time managing everything.

As you start to flip through your syllabus and check out your upcoming semester assignments, you're most likely starting to feel the pressure. Whether this is your first year in college or your last, the crash of all of your assignments and responsibilities in a semester comes faster than you realize. And when it does come falling down, it feels like you're being hit by a train at full speed.

Don't worry! There's still time to get ahead of the game before it's too late! Starting with these study habits...

1. Make a calendar and actually use it.

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Spongebob calendar


Whether it's a physical calendar that you write in with multi-colored gel pens or the calendar on your smartphone, take advantage of the calendar. There is too much going on in your life right now to remember everything by yourself. Use this calendar to remind yourself of the homework you have due for the week and tests you need to start studying for.

2. Find a study-buddy. 

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Study buddy


You can't do all this studying by yourself. Find someone to accompany you to the library and read over your papers for you before you submit them. Plus, studying is a lot more fun if there are friends involved.

3. Take advantage of your campus resources, such as free tutoring!




Most, if not all, universities and colleges offer free learning centers to help you get ahead or catch up. You can join a group session if you simply want a refresh of the material or you can sign up for an individual meeting to focus on your specific concerns. Plus, it's free.

4. Attend your professor's office hours. 




A majority of the time, your professor isn't as scary as they seem and they actually want to help you. Visit your professor's office hours at least a week before an assignment is due to get on the right track. If your professor doesn't offer office hours or isn't your favorite person of all time, there are usually other professors or instructional assistants who are more than happy to help you. I used to go to my math professors office hours every week and she would never show up. Soon one of the other math teachers noticed I was coming and invited me to see her whenever I had questions. She ended up helping me with a lot of my assignments and was a great resource.

5. Review material ahead of time so you can ask questions in class or during individual sessions.

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Review material


To know what you have to know, you have to know what you don't know. You know? Let me say this in easier terms. Don't be afraid of the things you don't understand. Having questions is a good thing because you're not supposed to know everything. Bring those questions to the right people to get answers and embrace the unknown with open arms.

6. Ditch the distractions during class time.




Class can sometimes be interesting... if you actually pay attention. If what's happening on your social feed is on the back of your mind, put your phone in your bag. If you keep texting on your computer instead of taking notes, write your notes by hand. The more you put into your classes, the more you'll get out of them and more importantly the less catching up you'll have to do.

7. Don't give up on yourself, even when it feels like you'll never understand the material. 

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We're smart


Sometimes you're going to fall on your face, like Andy in that gif. The important thing is to remember that you've got this. In order to understand new material, you have to get past the mental block that you give yourself when you want to give up.

8. Enjoy the experience. You won't in the moment, but you will when it's over.




While staying up late in the library and reviewing flashcards before class sounds like a nightmare right now, once it's over you'll admire the hard work you put into it. I've had some impossible classes before when every day was like entering the gates of Hell, but once I got my beautiful grade at the end of it... it felt pretty dang good.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.

As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs / Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out RedBubble for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.

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College Made Me Feel Like I Can't Have Free Time

Every second that I do have free, I feel like I need to be working on some type of homework.


There's no doubt that college is taxing on most student's mental health. You get to the point where you feel stressed about even breathing. I have hit the point where I feel like I'm permanently affected by the stress that I've dealt with this semester.

I used to have so much free time. Even in my other semesters, I had time to hang out with my friends, work, and even be lazy when I wanted to be.

I was still a good student, I got all my assignments done on time and I worked hard on them, but I never really had an overwhelming workload.

That is, until this semester. I got to a point where work was overwhelming, I was working longer hours than I was used to, and having to spend every second that I wasn't in class or at work doing homework, whether it was just lengthy math problems or writing multiple essays or scripts.

After months of being in this habit, when my workload from both work and school died down and I actually had free time, I didn't know what to do with myself.

When my friends were busy and I just wanted a relaxing day at home, since I felt like I deserved it, I would try to just lay down and rest, either reading a good book or catching up on all the shows that my stress had caused me to miss.

But there was always a voice in the back of my head reminding me of every upcoming assignment. I would start thinking about the essay due the next week, or a test that I could be studying for ahead of time.

That voice kept telling me I was being unproductive and wasting my time if I wasn't getting ahead on school work when I finally had the time.

And so I'm still in a position, at the end of the semester, where I feel like I'm wasting my time every time I lay down and just want to take a nap because I'm exhausted from running between work and school. I'm trying to fight myself and tell myself that I am allowed to be lazy for at least a little bit, and I don't need to be constantly working.

Hopefully, that voice wins over, especially with summer coming up. With all of the free time, I'll have since I won't have to stress about school, hopefully, I'll be able to better balance my busy days with my lazy days.

I know this is probably an issue for many college students who are overwhelmed with everything that they have to do. Hopefully, summer break is a nice break for all of us and it gives us the chance to get the free time that we all deserve for surviving this semester, and the school year overall.

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