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Hitting the Books

Between going to class and studying, being a full-time college student is a lot of work. A good rule to follow is to spend two hours of study time for every hour you spend in class per week. For instance, for a course that’s two hours per week, plan for four hours of studying or working on assignments.

Why study?

In most college classes, the majority of your grade is determinedby a handful of exams and assignments. Class participation and some homework may not count. It’s up to you to study regularly and consistently so you’re prepared for those exams.

When to study?

Make a daily schedule and commit to it. A well-planned weekly routine will help you make the most of your time outside of class.

Where to study?

College campuses offer many quiet study spaces. If you don’t want to study in your room, go to the campus library or an empty classroom. Many residence centers, academic departments and other campus buildings have common study areas. Pick a place that’s free from distractions.

Also, silence your cell phone and set it aside during study time. Smart phones, tablets and other devices not being used for assignments can be the worst distractions of all.