Freshmen studying in dorm study room

Effective studying

Itís true that the college is experience is about so much more than just classes. However, if you want to stay in college and continue experiencing new things, you probably will learn that good performance in your classes is necessary. Some students may find success at the University of Florida to be easiest through excelling academically, while social success may be easier for others. For both kinds of students, developing useful study habits early on will benefit them throughout their college careers. Effective studying habits can vary from person to person, but the following tips will benefit the typical student:

1) Go to class. The new freedom that college freshmen find because of the lack of mandatory attendance leads many to skipping class more often than attending it. Teachers give valuable information that the book or powerpoint slides might not include. They test on what they teach you, so if you are sleeping in bed instead of in class, your grades likely will suffer.

2) Study in blocks, allowing sufficient time for breaks. Dartmouth College recommends spending 20 to 50 minutes studying, followed by a 5 to 10 minute break. Try to avoid long blocks of studying, or cramming, if possible.

3) Avoid cramming by studying material as you learn it in class. This is extremely difficult for most students to do. After a teacher covers material, spend some of your free time making sure you understand it.

4) Use teachersí office hours. They are there for you benefit, to help you with any problems you may have. If you do not understand a concept a teacher covered in class, visit him or her during office hours. If you are confused about why you received a certain grade, go in and ask about it. Take control of your education!

5) Find a method that works for you. Do you study better while listening to music or does dead silence work better for you? Experiment. Listen to different types of music on your iPod or try using ear plugs for complete silence.

6) Find a place to study with limited distractions. Your dorm room probably is not best, where you can be lured into napping or getting on Facebook! UF has plenty of libraries or dorm study rooms that probably will work better for you. Check UF library hours to learn more.