Study Tips from the Jandrisevits Learning Center
- Use an academic planner
- Write in the semester's assignments and test dates.
- Break down large projects into manageable tasks.
- Block out chunks of study time every day
- Make a to-do list at the beginning of the week and update your planner.
- Get personal stuff done after studying.
- Prep for tests
- Write test questions using your notes.
- Turn your notes and test questions into flash cards. Review early and often!
- Don't skip tests and quizzes, even if you're nervous! Tests are essential ways to enhance knowledge. They pay off when it's time for final exams.
- Set goals
- Setting goals will keep you relaxed and give you confidence.
- Set goals for every study session!
Know Your Campus – and Yourself
- Find quiet study spaces that allow you to concentrate.
- The dorm is not the best place to study.
- Separate yourself from distractions. Turn off devices.
- Find peers who value learning– and help each other to learn.
- Find learning strategies that work for you. Use academic support services – the JLC is here to help you study smarter!
- Sleep! Don't stay up past midnight. Colleges operate during the day and so should you.
- Eat breakfast, replace sugar with protein, and get into an exercise routine!
Make Every Day Count
- Maximize the benefits of every class:
- Attendance and participation are the best prep for exams. You can't take notes if you're not in class!
- Sit front and center in every class: it's the surefire cure for daydreaming.
- Ask the instructor about anything you don't understand—in class, if possible; if not, immediately after class.
- Don't spend class time online. Don't text. Don't surf. Turn off your cell phone.
- Use between classes to review
- Make flash cards and review them between classes – they're a great way to build knowledge.
- Review class notes immediately. Using small blocks can make the difference between a difficult B and an easy A.
- Stay organized
- Complete assignments well ahead of due dates.
- Stick to your study routine.
- Don't let crises knock you off-track. Back up your files. Deal with your friend's break-up. But take responsibility for your life—which means staying on top of your work.
- Eat dinner early and use the evenings to study.