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Study Tips from the Jandrisevits Learning Center

Organize!

  • 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
  • Prioritize
    • 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.