Study Strategies That Work: Boost Your College Performance

College Students Study Strategies Blog

By Inland Empire Success | May 11, 2024

Conquering college coursework requires dedication and effective study strategies. Forget the all-nighters fueled by coffee – here at Inland Empire Success, we’re all about smarter studying that gets results (and keeps you sane).

Ditch the Cramming and Embrace Active Learning

Passive reading and highlighting simply won’t cut it.  Active learning strategies engage your brain and solidify understanding. Here are some tried and true tactics:

  • Summarize and explain concepts in your own words. Imagine teaching the material to someone else. Turns out, learning from yourself is an effective way to retain information. 
  • Formulate questions and test yourself. Create flashcards or practice quizzes to identify key areas needing reinforcement.
  • Connect the dots. Relate ideas to some real-life examples or personal experiences. This fosters deeper understanding and application of the subject matter. 
  • Embrace collaboration. Form study groups to discuss concepts, quiz each other, and exchange perspectives on the materials. 

Master Your Schedule, Master Your Learning

Time management is key. Develop a study schedule that works for you, allocating dedicated time for each course. Utilize planners, online calendars, or productivity apps to stay organized. Schedule multiple breaks to avoid burnout – short walks or mindfulness exercises can work wonders.

Find Your Learning Oasis

Create a designated study space that’s free from distractions. This could be a quiet corner in the library, a study room at home, or even a local coffee shop with good Wi-Fi (as long as the noise level allows focus).

Befriend Technology (the Right Way)

Technology can be a powerful learning tool. Utilize online resources like lecture recordings, educational apps, and online tutorials. Explore collaborative study platforms that allow you to connect with classmates virtually.  Try your best to avoid social media and other distractions while studying.

Prioritize Rest and Well-being

A well-rested mind is a sharp mind. Aim for a consistent sleep schedule to ensure optimal cognitive function. Eat healthy meals and snacks to fuel your brainpower. And don’t underestimate the power of exercise – physical activity improves focus, memory, and overall well-being.

Remember, Inland Empire Success is Here for You

We understand the academic journey can be challenging. We offer a variety of resources to support your success, including:

  • Workshops on effective study strategies
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Stress management and wellness workshops

By implementing these strategies and utilizing the resources available, you’ll be well on your way to conquering your college courses and achieving academic excellence!