1. Find what time of the day you study best whether it is early mornings, evenings, or at night and schedule that time for studying.
2. Figure out which days of the week works best for you to study. You don’t necessarily only need to study on weekends alone.
3. Study periods don’t necessarily need to be long. Of course, this depends what course and what document you are studying. If you are studying notes, take at least half an hour after class, before class, or on breaks to run through your notes quickly. Reading your notes at least once a day helps with memorization and can save you hours of studying in the future for exams.
4. Find your study place whether it be the local library, campus library, an empty classroom, your bedroom, kitchen, living room, or friends/family members house; find someplace quiet that works for you. A good study spot can significantly impact how well you study. You can get a whole lot done, very quickly too when you are completely focused.
5. Incorporate elements that make studying more enjoyable to you. e.g. listen to music softly (maybe have a study song or playlist), use color (markers), graph and map things out-re-organize your notes, watch study videos, schedule breaks (5-10min) in between studying, get creative; make up a song, poem to help memorize difficult things.
Juggling multiple classes and school work can be very difficult. Major essays, readings, and projects are due on the same week or even the same day. Adding extracurricular activities and life into the mix makes school harder to keep under control. Like any college student, I faced many challenges. I was taking multiple classes, I had a huge work load, I was in extracurricular activities; everything was piling up.
Here are some solutions to help you better control school and your school work load.
Speak with your advisor (if you have one) or with a department advisor in the department that you wish to major in.
Speaking to someone, a professor/advisor can help you make decisions on what classes to take or not to take, what books you should read or should be reading and what to look out for, having an advisor that you can speak to frequently, can also help with stress. They can give you advice, guide you and recommend students, professors, and or programs that can be helpful to you.
Speak to your professors
If you are struggling with their class, let them know. If you need more time on an assignment, ask. You can save yourself a lot of stress by just speaking with your professors and letting them know what is going on. They went through college too, it might surprise you how understanding they can be; as long as you are responsible, of course.
It is very important to have someone that you can call in each class. Even if you are shy, make a priority to have at least 2-3 people. These contacts can help you study, focus, and keep you informed of what happens if you happen to miss class or important notes. They can especially help with studying and making homework a lot quicker and easier to do.
If you have any tips that might help please comment below.
The ILCHS Alumni Project (AP) was started in 2013 to develop a network amongst alumni and track the progress that the alumni are making towards graduating from college and achieving their dreams.
This project will allow alumni to stay connected on what is going on in the ILCHS community, motivate the current ILCHS scholars to continue working towards fulfilling their dream of attending a college of their choice and help support one another.
Yocasta Novas, ILCHS 2012 Valedictorian decided to lead this project because she wanted to support ILCHS and be involved in the further development of the school. Her goal is to maintain a strong network with her fellow peers 10 to 20 years from now.