Effective Study Habits

When transitioning to college studying can be a major challenge, whether you are coming out of high school or returning to college after being in the workforce.  Here are 5 tips to help you with your study habits.


Where you study is extremely important. The majority of students are not able to study anywhere that is too comfortable, such as their bed or on a couch. It’s also a good idea to locate yourself in an area with no loud noises or any other things that may distract you. If you find that where you’re living has no good areas to study in our SLC libraries offer a silent area where you’ll be able to concentrate without distractions.


Group Studying

Are you someone who likes to study in a group? Try to get a small group of 5 or less that you know will be able to stay focused for the time you study. Try comparing notes, using flashcards, and quizzing each other before tests or exams to help remember the material.


Time Management

Have a scheduled time for when you study. Consider what other personal commitments and make sure you can create some flexibility into your schedule so you won’t be overwhelmed later on.


Take Notes

Every student is different when it comes to taking notes. Try finding the right method for you, whether it be creating an outline, printing off the PowerPoints to review, creating abbreviations, or noting unfamiliar concepts. The most important thing though is to always review and edit your notes after each class.


Goal setting

When setting study goals for yourself make sure that they are realistic and achievable. A lot of people will set high goals for themselves and lose all motivation when they’re unable to accomplish them. This can include things such as how long you want to study for, what subjects you want to focus on and what grades you plan to get.