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Studying Tips for College: Tips every college student needs to know!

By: Nick Santini  |   July 27th, 2014

Make sure to check out part 2 of this blog post coming soon!

So there you are, fresh out of high school and ready for college. All you can think about is how awesome college is going to be, until you get your endless amounts of books, that is... College can be pretty scary when you realize the workload you've been given.

Fear no more!

I have compiled a list of all of the bests tips to help you study better in college.

Animal House John Belushi Studying

Because let's face it, nobody wants to end up prepared like John Belushi from Animal House (1978)!

Quiet & Clean Study Area

One of the most important aspects of studying more efficiently is setting up your study area for success. This means only having out what you absolutely have to have. The area you choose to study at should be free from clutter and consist of only you, your books, school supplies, and not much more than that.

Some people argue, "...but what about a computer?" I personally advise not to use a computer if you can help. Unless of course you are using it to listen to TLK SHOW episodes

All jokes aside, computers will almost always serve as a distraction to your studies.

Where Not to Study

Possibly the worst places to study are most likely the places you have been studying. Surprising, I know.

    The worst places to study:
  • - Your Dorm
  • - Your Room (if you live at home)
  • - Coffee Shops
  • - etc.

Why are these not good places to study? The needs to be a separation between work and play. How do you expect to learn and retain knowledge when you are surrounded by tons of distractions? If you are at your dorm, room, or someplace like the coffee shop you will be way more likely to pull out your phone, browse the web, or even socialize when you should be studying.

If you shouldn't study there, where should you go?

The Only Place to Study

I'm not sure if many of you have heard about this thing most colleges and universities have called a "Library." Crazy I know, but these places are actually dedicated to learning! The amount of resources contained these buildings are nearly endless.

Alright, I'll stop with the sarcasm.

Libraries are the perfect place to study because they offer the perfect separation between work and play. They are quiet and productive places where people who are serious about learning go to study.

If you don't believe just how awesome it is to study at the library, go do it! You won't believe the amount of work you will get done.

Importance of Time

Time is one of, if not the most, important thing you will need to have figured out if you to earn A's. Getting A's in college doesn't necessarily mean you are genius. It means you put in the time necessary to earn the grade.

For a lot of college students this can be the hardest part. Let's face it; we don't have much time as it is. The easiest way to make sure you have enough time to study between classes and partying is to plan your time wisely. The best way to do this is to get a weekly/daily organizer and plan out your days in advance.

As I'm sure you have heard, the rule of thumb for studying is 3 hours of study for every 1 credit hour of class each week.

Again, if you want to earn that A, you have to make studying your main priority no matter how hard that may be.


If you want to succeed in college you have to learn to study efficiently. Set yourself up with an environment in which you can study free from distractions. Put in the time no matter how hard that may be.

Whether you follow the tips I've told you or tips from somewhere else, you ultimately have to do what works for you.

And as with all things in life, you get out what you put in.

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