Studying is an important part of any college experience, especially with finals looming around the corner, but not everyone knows the best ways to go about it. Here are some suggestions to help make the process easier

UMA 2015 library

UMA 2015 library

The first thing you want to do is to get organized and make a plan.

Next, and I know this is a hard one, don’t multi task.  Turn off your phone, close out of Facebook and turn off the TV.  There are so many distractions out there and it is very difficult to focus without turning some of it off.

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– Using flash cards is a great way to study, especially if you have a lot of facts you need memorize.

Read your notes right after class

– If you wait till a week later you may not remember what some of your short hand means.

Study in groups

– Brainstorming with others can help create new ideas and can make studying fun!

Take practice tests

– Haven’t you ever heard “practice practice practice” or “practice makes perfect”?  It’s not just on the playing field where this applies.  Taking practice tests can help you feel more confident and less stressed so that on the day of the exam you know what to expect.


– Sleep is important for every part of life.  Getting enough sleep will help you to be able to think more clearly when taking an exam so don’t pull an all nighter studying for an exam the next morning.  Be prepared so that you can go to bed early and wake up rested and ready to go!

Switch between subjects

– Try to avoid cramming for one subject for hours on end.  Mix it up so that when you go back to a different subject you will be refreshed and ready to pick up where you left off.

Vary your study locations

– Studying in different locations allows you to be comfortable with the material in varying circumstances. “It seems like age-old advice to find a quiet, clean space and stick with it to do real studying. But cognitive scientists are finding that varying your environment while trying to learn helps you retain knowledge.” (LifeHacker)

Manage your time

– This seems obvious, but poor time management can be detrimental to your studies. “To manage time effectively, you must control it. When you do not consciously control time, your old habits will control your time and set limits on your achievements.” (UWGB)




May the odds be ever in your favor.