College can be intimidating. Sometimes, you study and you fail. Sometimes, you blank out in class and miss an entire hour’s worth of important stuff you’ll probably be tested on somehow later.
It happens. However, with a little bit of planning you can make the whole process easier and bring the likelihood of you passing the class closer to reality. Here are a few tips courtesy of West Hills College to help you create the perfect Study Schedule.
- Use your phone, if you have one. The great thing about having what’s basically a miniature computer in your pocket at all times is that it can help you be a better students. How? First off, you can put all of your upcoming deadlines into your phone calendar: test dates, homework due dates, etc. You can also delve into the wide world of apps to find great apps that can help you succeed and keep up with class. Click here to read our blog post about the best apps for college students. (Editor’s note: link the last sentence to this blog post: http://www.westhillscollege.com/academics/college-101/posts/best_free_apps.php
- Make studying a priority. It’s tempting to turn to the endless cycle of constantly refreshing Snapchat instead of studying but you need to make it a priority. Make sure you actually take the time to sit down and study, even if it doesn’t seem like you’re making much progress. Sometimes, just absorbing the information can prove beneficial later and even help you realize where you’re not understanding something in the class.
- Don’t be afraid to take breaks. Don’t pull all-nighters! It may be a rite of passage for most college students, but it’s not fun. Budget your time so you don’t have to stay up to work on homework.
- Go step by step. Once you outline a study plan that says when you’ll study for which class each day or outlines how you’ll tackle a project, don’t get overwhelmed. Take it one task at a time.
- Stay organized even before you need to start studying. Take good notes in class and don’t lose them.