College life is an altogether different experience. That statement has never been truer than now, as schools try and navigate their way into the new normal. It’s far from what everyone imagined college would be but if you’re a high school student and preparing for the next step in your academic life, then here are a few helpful suggestions. This is how students at excellent international and Indian high schools review and prepare for college. Cull through the list and decide which tips will work for you. Start adapting them into your routine. The sooner you do, the easier it will be for you to transition to college.
Know the Basics
One of the first questions that is most often asked is this: how much studying do college students do? The answer is entirely subjective, of course. However, the national study says that the average full-time college student spends about 15 hours every week studying. That doesn’t automatically mean that they’re all academically successful, though. However, students who spend an average of 20 hours every week studying do end up less than prepared for class. You’ll want to factor that in when you organize your schedule, especially your study hours.
Make a Plan
There are plenty of ways for you to plan your schedule. You can come up with a checklist or even a graph or pie-chart to help you figure out how you’ll make time for everything. Having a physical reminder tacked onto your desk or wall can be a tremendous help, reminding you where you need to go or if you should move on to your next subject.
Create a Schedule
Blocking off specific hours in the day and using those hours to study is one way to train your mind. Also, even if you don’t have enough studying to fill up those hours, you can also read your lessons in advance. It’s better to take in the lessons little by little. That way, if something does come up at the last minute, you’d still be prepared because you already went over those lessons a week or so ago. Also, you won’t need to cram.
Ask for Help
There are going to be things you’ll study that might be beyond your understanding or comprehension. It’s easy to be frustrated when you try and tackle a complex and confusing subject. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Reach out for help. Find a teacher or fellow student—maybe even one of your new-found friends—who can assist you. Don’t let that stop you from understanding the material. You have plenty of resources around you. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.
Being organized with your tests and assignments will do you a world of good. It might seem fun and just so much less tedious to toss those papers aside. But if you want to be effective in your studying, then you’ll need to keep track of everything. A planner will be handy in keeping everything all in one place. Also, once you get your class syllabus, write down deadlines in your planner, so you won’t miss anything.
Change It Up
Some students find it easier to retain information if they change up their environment from time to time. For instance, instead of studying at a dedicated desk space, why not throw a few pillows and a mat on your floor and try studying in that spot? Or going out into the garden or balcony? The change in your environment might also help.
Some students like to study in a quiet environment and can’t stand music playing in the background. Some students are fine with the noise. If you’re well familiar with your study habits by now, then good for you. But if you aren’t, then this is an excellent time to figure it out. That way, by the time you’re in college, you’ll know what study sessions to plan for with ease.
Try a Study Group
You’ll never know until you give it a try, right? Maybe you think you aren’t one for study groups. But you could always do the initial review first. This is the stage where you try and retain as much information as you can. Then review later with a group to test your knowledge of things as well as pick up information from your classmates or study mates. These are just some of the benefits you’ll pick from studying in a group.
Get Enough Sleep
Studying isn’t going to do any good if you always fall asleep in class. Get enough sleep. Four hours a night isn’t going to cut it. A good night’s rest will help you retain information better, help your focus, and improve your understanding. You’ll also be more alert and ready for class when you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
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