Studying in college can be tiresome if you don’t plan your schedule correctly. Time flies in college; you never know when a semester ends or begins. You need to keep track of time and work according to a schedule so that you don’t screw your exams. Here are some of the fantastic college study hacks that I’ve implemented, and the results were terrific.
1.Notes (A crucial college study hack!)
The most important thing is to maintain proper records, they will be your protector. To keep good points, you need to attend all the classes and listen to your lectures properly. It is more of an advice than a hack.
Try to keep your notes beautiful and creative. Try using different highlighters and sketches to mark important points. This way, you will never get bored of looking at your dull and boring notebook.
Alternatively, you can use an iPad or tablet to read your lecture slides. You can find many apps that will help you organize your lecture notes. Notability is one of the best apps.
2. Use the Pomodoro technique!
Pomodoro technique is one of the best college study hacks. If you have trouble drawing tables and maintaining schedules, then this tip is for you. It will help you increase your productivity and teach you time management. All you have to do is work/study for 25 mins and take a break of 5 mins.
There are six steps in the original method:
–>Decide on the task to be done.
–>Set the Pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes). (You can download the Pomodoro timer app from the app store/play store)
–>Work on the task. (Give in all you can to complete the job in 25 mins.)
–>End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
–>If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
–>Finally, after four Pomodoro, take a more extended break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1!
Trust me; your productivity will rise above the roof if you follow these steps!
3. Always study at the desk!
Never try studying on the bed because you will eventually fall asleep. Even if you consider for an hour or two, do it on the desk. It will help you grab more information than you do while lying on your bed. If your table is filled with loads of books and other stuff head to the library. I’m sure that your library will be open most of the time every day of the week. You can even find many reference books in the library, which will make your process of studying more comfortable.
Look up about this in this study → https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130308093933.htm
4. Listen to Music!
It may sound absurd because people assume that they need to study in a peaceful environment, and listening to music can distract them. Well, listening to white noise can help you bolster your progress and productivity. But you need to make sure that the white noise is helping you to concentrate rather than seem distractive. If it isn’t helping you, then you have to change your track. You can try out rain noises for starters.
5. Control yourself from distractions!
It is essential only to study while you have to and not scroll through Instagram. Block all the apps that distract you from studying; this will help you focus a lot better than usual. You can even download apps on your PC so that you don’t wander on facebook or twitter. Like cold turkey for pc and self-control for mac. You can find these on android too.
6. Maintain two notebooks.
Rewriting your notes is always a great idea! Learning the topics through lecture slides from the laptop is feasible. But to revise, using pen and paper will help you retain information for a more extended period. Make them ‘Visual.’ In a study from 2014, it was found students ‘who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material’ in lectures
7. Use apps to organize your study habits and as a guide to your assignments.
Apps like photo math help you to solve your maths problem by just uploading a snapshot of the question in the app. It has helped me through a lot of tough times.
Referring to the dictionary every 10 mins while reading the textbooks can be a tedious task; you need to optimize it by downloading ‘Linguee.’ It is a dictionary but the best one I know. It gives several translations along with pronunciation, applied examples, etc. The best part – You can use it offline too.
8. Get a Student/Study partner
It’s is not possible to attend all the classes in a semester and maintain a record of all the lectures! You need to get a study partner for that so that you both can help each other out. Find out which subjects each of you are good at and distribute the work among yourselves. If you are good at maths, teach your friend whatever has been taught all week during the weekend. This way you will complete revising your notes for the week, and your friend will be benefitted too.
If your partner is right at physics, then he/she can do the same with you. Right before the exam, all you gotta do is a quick revision, and you are good to go. Trust me, this is the most effective way of studying and completing your syllabus.
9. Use mnemonics and memory aid
Memory aids have proven to be one of the best techniques to retain whatever you learn. My favourite is preparing ‘flashcards,’ they are the best! The last winter vacation, I learned over 500 words in 20 days using flashcards for vocabulary. If you are too lazy to prepare flashcards, then you can find apps which can do that job for you. They make things simpler to understand and more comfortable to retain.
The other devices are using mnemonics and mind mapping techniques. You can break down a massive chunk of information into maps to remember it effectively.
10. Use Google Scholar
It is a freely accessible web search engine tool for literally scholarly articles, books and citations. If the library at your institute runs out of book copies, you can download the electronic copy of it just by searching it on google scholar. You can find links to many .edu sites which offer excellent resources for many university subjects.