The Top 10 Must-Know Study Tips for Busy College Students

Did you know that roughly 40% of college students in America are non-traditional students? Many college students now may be working full time, have family/military obligations, and many other obligations that make finding time to study difficult. While in school, you need to ensure that it is a top priority, but we understand that it can be difficult. To help you successfully manage your coursework, remember these tips.

Study Tips for Busy College Students

1. Always Prep For Tomorrow

By preparing for tomorrow, you will be able to make the most efficient use of your time to complete your homework. Create a checklist (see #10) of what you need to accomplish the next day so you can jump right into the work and save time.

2. Create Study Groups

This may seem like a thing of the past, but there are still major benefits to creating a study group. Advances in technology, like Google+’s Hangout feature, allow you to video chat with up to nine people at a time, so you can hold study groups regardless of your classmate’s location.

3. Establish a Routine

Setting specific time for school work will ensure that you stay on top of assignments. Make sure those around you understand when your study time is so they can allow you to focus on earning your college degree without distractions.

4. Find a Quiet Space

Preferably you should separate yourself from any distraction at home so you can focus on your school work. If needed, find an alternate location such as a local library or coffee shop, in order to give your homework the full attention that it deserves.

5. Have a Backup Plan

Computers always seem to crash at the most inopportune moments. Your backup plan should include saving a copy of your files on an external drive, in addition to knowing where you can go get onto another computer in order to hand in your assignments.

6. Maintain a Master Calendar

For many classes in college, you will be assigned major projects that may be due later on in the quarter. Using a calendar to stay on top of these projects is the easiest way to not fall behind. Many online students can utilize a course calendar in the virtual classroom to plan ahead in order to complete these projects on time.

7. Stay Organized

Staying organized is something that many college students struggle with. Organize your class materials and homework by using folders both on your computer and for any printed materials.  This way you can best utilize your study time by avoiding a long search for your documents.

8. Stay Positive

Learning is an activity that pushes us beyond our comfort zone. This can be frustrating, so do your best to stay positive and remember why earning your degree is worth all the hard work.

9. Take a Break

For those times when you are stuck on a problem or have been studying for a big test, remember that it’s okay to take a short break. Step away from your computer to take a walk or get some fresh air to clear your head; this will allow you to come back refocused.

10. Use Checklists

Many college courses have weekly or sometimes even daily assignments that you need to complete. Use checklists to ensure that you are staying on top of completing those assignments on time. As you complete each one, feel the satisfaction of checking off each assignment from the list.

What other homework tips for college students do you know about? Share them in the comments below.

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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