Study tips

Saige Heyer

Academic Success Center

At the Academic Success Center, located in the Hixon-Lied Student Success Center, you can find different handouts to help you study and retain more information. These handouts include tips on study skills, time management, listening and note-taking, test taking, goal setting, health and stress and memory, to name a few. 

Budget your time

Budgeting your time will help you do well in school. Good time management skills allow you to get your studying done as well as giving you plenty of free time.

Set aside a certain time every night that is strictly for studying, but make sure to schedule a few breaks. Make sure this time is not toward the end of the night when you’re getting tired.

Find your preferred method

There really is no one way to study, so it’s important that you figure out the best way and place for you to study. You can get advice from others, but you don’t have to do exactly what they say.

Get a tutor

Another service offered at the Academic Success Center is tutoring. As hard as it may be to admit that you’re struggling and need help, it’s better to do so sooner rather than later. If you get a tutor when you’re first having troubles, you will be better off in the end. You can also attend supplemental instruction sessions if you don’t want a tutor.

Join a study group

Study groups are a great way to not only study, but also to get to know others who are in your field of study. Although it can be hard to find a time during which everyone can meet, it is nice to be able to ask one another questions and quiz one another on the material.

Always carry your notes

You know all that extra time you have while riding the bus to campus or waiting for class to start? That’s a good time to refresh your memory on the material you’re studying in class so you don’t have to study as hard later.

Set small goals to finish large tasks

If you have a large project due at midterms or at the end of the semester, don’t wait until the last minute to do it. Break it up into smaller parts or make a time table that shows deadlines.

Learn things — don’t memorize them

If you learn things by heart rather than just memorize to get you through a quiz or test, studying for larger tests such as midterms and finals will be much easier.

Ask your TA for help

If your professor isn’t available to help you, talk to your teaching assistant. He or she knows the material almost as well as the professor and has probably taken the class before.

Ask for a study guide

If there is a lot of material being covered on a test or you want to know what the questions will be like, ask your professor for a study guide. If you’re having trouble with it, you can always go ask your professor or TA for help.