The effective study hacks for college students.
Many students struggle at college because they have no idea what to do. More often than not, freshmen become more stressful than the seniors.
The reason for students’ stress is not primarily the academic load per se but their study habits.
Most students wasting too much time to study their lessons the wrong way. They tend to absorb everything in a short period of time.
Unfortunately, cramming is a futile practice. This is because the brain does not work like a camera. It couldn’t catch all the information in one flash.
The only thing that the brain stores information in the memory is through repetitive practice.
In other words, in order to remember a chapter of a book, you need to read and reread it many times.
Repetition is often the most effective way to remember your lessons. This means a lot of work though. But you need to be committed to the process.
When I was in college, I detached myself from any unproductive habits. I set aside the things I used to do because I realize that they couldn’t help me reach my academic goal.
Instead, I develop some useful habits that led me to success at school. Now that I’m already a college instructor, I share all my techniques with my students.
If you read further down below, you’ll also learn my five effective study hacks for college students.
So let’s dive in…
1. Finding a perfect space
Studying, in a biological sense is a process of encoding a certain amount of information in your brain. The hippocampus will receive the information and store it there. But how long will it last? Well, it depends on the neural connection that holds the information. The stronger the connection, the longer the memory will last.
The key to a better memory is finding a perfect place to study. Most students find it hard to stay focused is because they study in unconducive areas.
A perfect place can be anywhere in your house. It could be in your room, in the attic, etc. As long as the place provides you a perfect ambiance for studying.
But why is the place so important in your study sessions? The reason is that the environment can have a significant effect on your motivation to study as well as to your cognitive process.
Thus, the space you chose should only be used for a study. Equipping it with books, pens, and other things associated with studying can be great to help you become motivated.
2. Avoid distractions
The second strategy of my effective study hacks for college students is distraction avoidance.
This is an important thing to remember. When you study, you need focus. Divided attention can sabotage the whole process. Your brain will not be able to capture the whole information because it is busy analyzing other things.
So when you are in your study room, you should focus. You can do it by minimizing distractions.
This means that you should turn off your cell phones, tablets, computer, TV, and other gadgets that will divide your attention.
3. Study intermittently
Most students think that studying 1-4 hours a day will save them. Unfortunately, it is not true. In fact, it is useless. Why? Because the brain can only be able to stay focus for only 25-30 minutes.
Many students who spend so much time in studying fail. They ask why. And then they start to assume that they are not good enough.
The problem is not their mental capability but their habit. If you are studying for an hour, you’ll start to notice that everything becomes harder and harder.
The reason for it is because the capability of your brain is slowing down. That signals that your brain needs a break.
Instead of forcing yourself to store all the information, just stop for a couple of minutes.
After a 30-minute reading, walk away from your desk. Do something else. You can go outside and chat with a friend.
Then, if you think you’re ready again to continue to study, then proceed. Do the same interval throughout your study sessions.
This is an effective study method that most students don’t know.
4. Know what type of learner you are
Students can be of different learners. Some students are a visual learner, while others are auditory learners.
A visual learner learns more when dealing with photographs, graphs, and other visual aids.
In contrast, an auditory learner is a person who learns more when listening to a certain information.
Determining your type of learning method is very important in your study success.
For instance, if you are a visual learner, then making visual presentations of the concepts you want to remember or understand will help you a lot.
In the same manner, if you are an auditory learner, why not record your lectures and listen to them on your cell phone or other recording devices?
In this way, you’ll be able to maximize your time and achieve more.
5. Set a high standard
With all the effective study hacks for college students I mentioned in this post, this is the most important.
When I was a student, I always set a high standard for myself. Every semester, I set a new goal. But the proceeding goals were higher than the previous ones.
Of course, higher goals require harder work. But if you are determined to achieve your academic goal, you’ll do what it takes – and you’ll get there.
What I found was that every time I set my goal higher, my GPA followed. It means that the outcome was seemingly dependent on my goal.
I was fascinated to know that human potential can be truly limitless. The only thing that limits most people is their mind.
I realized that setting a goal can be the most important in achieving success. If you are a student who is contented with having low GPA, then you’ll not achieve academic success.
Goal setting can be your key to achieve academically. If you don’t have a goal, these tips will be useless.
Here you go. You have my most effective study hacks for college students.
It is my best hope that this study guide will help you in your academic journey. If you are interested in learning more about study hacks, you can read my book “Study Hacks.”
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I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.