5 Study Tips to Start Off the Semester Right

Posted by Kaitlyn Hart on February 10, 2021


5 Study Tips to Start Off the Semester Right

Whether you’re a first year student or graduating this semester, finding new study tips is always super helpful at the beginning of a new semester! I’ve put together some of my favorite study tips that have helped me during my time at Binghamton University, and you can find more here!

Plan ahead

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Make sure to read your syllabuses early and identify important dates and deadlines! You don’t want to end up having to do all your work for multiple classes the day before they’re due or realize you have a big test this week that you had no idea about. I like to write these dates down in my planner and also put them in a Google Calendar so I can access important info from my laptop and my phone too.

Find study methods that work for you

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Some people study better in a quiet room, while others study better in an environment with noise and music. I personally love studying in the success centers that each living community has, they’re super close to the dorms and usually pretty quiet so I can concentrate on my work. Bing has a ton of study spaces available, some of my other favorites are listed here! I also find it really helpful to rewrite all my notes that I take on my laptop down into a notebook, something about writing things down helps me remember them better.

Start organizing early and keep up with good habits

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While you might not have a lot of work assigned during the first two weeks of classes, it’s a great time to start new study habits before you feel overwhelmed. Get used to setting up planners and calendars the way you like and put all of the information that you need, such as emails, Zoom links and office hours, down in one place so you know where to find them.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

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While it can sometimes feel intimidating, professors and TAs are there to help you succeed and learn in your classes! Their office hours are available on their syllabuses, and you can always send them an email if you have any questions. You can also reach out to other students in the class for help. This is a great way to form study groups and make new friends, even if you can’t always meet them in person.

Take breaks when you need them

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One of the most important parts of studying is knowing how to pace yourself. If you plan on studying too much in one day, you can burn yourself out. It’s not a good idea to overwhelm yourself, and if you feel like you're starting to get tired or frustrated you should take a break. Taking a sip of water, grabbing yourself something to eat or taking a short walk can really help your brain rest for a few minutes and boost your concentration. Practicing self care and doing activities that you enjoy can also prevent you from feeling burnt out at the end of the day.

Kaitlyn Hart is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a junior double-majoring in English Rhetoric and Political Science, with a minor in Anthropology. She loves to write, watch movies and spend way too many hours of the day on TikTok.