Let’s be real, going back to school is an exciting new journey but it can also feel really overwhelming. If you’ve got kids, a full time job, or just the responsibilities that come with everyday life– one of the best things you can do is create a game plan of the most efficient study practices to abide by. There are so many things you can do to ensure your success in a university setting. We’ve compiled a few that we know will help you reach your goals at MSMU:

  1. Determine how you learn best: A quick search will find plenty of tests that can help you better understand if you’re an auditory, hands on, . This will give you a leg up in how to study and will allow you to be more deliberate in the ways you interact with new information
  2. Create a learning space that is free from distractions and be diligent about keeping it associated with school work.
  3. Stay Organized/Track Your Assignments: Get a day planner if you don’t already have one and put it to good use. Make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to succeed, this will probably take some adjustments from the people around you if you’re head of household or have young children. Make sure you track all your assignments so that nothing sneaks up on you or falls through the cracks. Pro Tip: create a digital or physical file for each subject to keep things ultra organized.
  4. Be realistic about your time: Setting unrealistic goals is the quickest way to get discouraged. On average you should expect to spend two hours studying or working outside of class for every one hour in lecture or discussion. So an average 4-unit course will require about 4 hours of class time and 8 hours of work outside of class. For some of you that will mean making
  5. Review your notes before and after class: This will help you build on the ideas you left off from and solidify the ones you just learned.
  6. Study a little everyday: If you’ve got a busy schedule it will be easier for you to find two hours than it will to find 8 hours to cram.
  7. Exchange phone numbers/emails with your classmates: If you ever miss a class you’ll have a few versions of notes to choose from. It’s also the best way to create a study group.
  8. Prioritize study groups: A few hours in a good study group is worth days of you studying on your own especially if you split up the work. It’s also a great place to see if you truly understand the concepts since explaining to others is the best way to retain information.
  9. Get the AP Stylebook: Don’t get caught adding “lols” to your emails, the AP Stylebook is the standard for professional communication. It’s great for anyone to brush up on.
  10. Switch up your study space: This will help you feel more active and less stuck or stressed. It should even help you study better!

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