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Best Study Habits

Studying isn't a mysterious process. You know what you have to do, but distractions and other complications can prevent your from being productive. Get to it. Get your work done. Focus. Your time in college is limited, and you need to make the most of it. The more effort you put, the more you can accomplish. 

Here are five of the best study habits that you can have while in college.

1. Go to class

Show up to your lectures and sections. Participate in class discussions. Absorb all the information that you are supposed to, and don't let absences create gaps in your knowledge. If you miss one lecture in your global history course, you're going to always wonder just exactly how humanity formed the ability to speak. You'll go from caveman to the cradle of civilization, without knowing what happened in between.

2. Take insanely good notes

Take pride in taking high-quality notes. Write everything down, even if you already know the material. If another student asks a question, make a note of it, and include your professor's response. Think of yourself as a court reporter, with you notebook being the stenography machine. Record everything that goes down, and you'll learn more. You'll have a written record of all your class proceedings. You'll be able to retain information longer because you have to write it down physically as you process the info mentally. You'll be better prepared for tests and assignments, and you'll never get bored (or at least you'll be less bored than your classmates, because your too busy writing everything down).

3. Do your work

You'll have an easier time studying if you've done all your work the way your supposed to. When you study for a test, you're supposed to be reviewing things that you already know, not teaching yourself material for the first time. Get your assignments turned in on time and do all of your reading. The more familiar you are with your material, the easier it will be to analyze and apply what you have learned in tests and assignment situations.

4. Ask questions

If you need further clarification, get it. Ask questions during lecture. Meet with your professors during their office hours. Share knowledge with other students and pool together your combined know-how. Debate people. Always ask for more info when you need to. 

5. Manage your time wisely

Don't party too hard. Prioritize your social commitments and your scholastic obligations. Find balance, and be in control of every moment of the day. Make to do lists. Schedule in free time, and realize that your time in college is limited. Take advantage of it while you can.

If you just to what you know you're supposed to do, you'll succeed in college. The best study habits are the ones that work. So find out what works for you, and stick to it.