Study tips

General recommendations

  1. Plan 2 hours study time for every hour you spend in class.
  2. Study difficult subjects first.
  3. Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.
  4. Be aware of your best time of day (when your energy is highest).
  5. Use waiting time. (Such as between classes, waiting for appointments, etc.)
  6. Use a regular study area (if it's your bedroom, read #7.)
  7. Don't get too comfortable.
  8. Occasionally use a library for studying; you may need research materials to help.
  9. Pay attention to your attention! Catch your attention wandering and bring it back.
  10. Agree with living mates and or family members about study time.
  11. Avoid noise distractions.
  12. Notice how others misuse your time. Ask for their cooperation.
  13. Get off the phone.
  14. Learn to say "No, not now; perhaps later."
  15. Hang a "Study Time" sign on your door.
  16. Ask: What is one task I can accomplish toward my goal?
  17. Ask: Am I beating myself up?
  18. Ask: Is this a piano? (Is perfection necessary?) Know when to lighten up on yourself a bit, and when you really cannot afford to do that. Do not always approach everything the same way.
  19. Ask: How did I just waste time? If it was not really in my best interest, how can I keep from doing that next time?
  20. Ask: Would I pay myself for what I'm doing right now? If my occupation were that of a student, would I pay myself for the job I am doing right now?

Provided by the Center for Advising and Career Development, Washington State University