5 Student Study Hacks
Throughout the U.S., the majority of college students are staying home and taking classes virtually this year. For many, this transition to 100 percent online learning has been a challenge and is making it difficult for them to be as engaged as they might normally be.
If you are struggling to keep up with your coursework or give your virtual classes as much attention as you’d like, we’re here to help. Listed below are five university student study hacks that you can start implementing into your routine.
Establish a Study Space
Of all the study hacks to make your student life easier, one of the most important for university students learning remotely is to establish a study space. It might be tempting to listen to lectures or review your notes from the couch or even from your bed, but it is best if you can designate a place that’s reserved solely for your studies.
If you have an established study space, it will be easier for you to get in the right frame of mind when it is time to do your schoolwork. It will also help to minimize distractions.
Even if you can’t dedicate an entire room as your study space (if you’re living in an apartment with roommates or somewhere with limited free space, for example), you can still implement this study hack. Dedicate a corner of your bedroom as your study corner. Set up a desk or a comfortable chair and only use that corner when it is time to do schoolwork.
Search for Lecture Slides
Did you know that you can access lecture slides that are relevant to your online courses from all over the world? All you have to do is head to your favorite search engine and type in the subject you’re studying, followed by “filetype: ppt.”
The search engine results will provide you with access to a variety of PowerPoint slides that provide more information on the topics your studying, broken down in a way that is easy to digest. You can use these results to supplement your other study materials and ensure you have a firm grasp on your coursework.
Practice the Pomodoro Technique
When you are studying from home, it’s can be easy to feel burned out, especially if you’re spending hours at a time listening to lectures and reviewing notes. When possible, try breaking your schoolwork down into 25-minute chunks, followed by a five-minute break.
Known as the Pomodoro Technique, this method works very well for those who are feeling burned out by long study sessions, as well as those who have a hard time staying focused and tend to give in to distractions. All kinds of learners can benefit from trying the Pomodoro Technique.
Color-Code Your Courses
If you have a hard time keeping track of notes and flashcards for different classes, try using a color-coding system.
Get a different-colored notebook for each class, for example, or buy a set of different-colored pens and assign each class a specific color. This will help you avoid mixing things up and ensure that you can always find the notes you need when it is time to start studying.
Avoid Digital Distractions
Finally, we would be remiss if we did not include some study hacks related to eliminating distractions while learning from home. Many students complain that it is harder for them to focus when they are taking classes online -- Netflix is just a few clicks away, after all.
If this is a problem for you, try installing an app on your phone that helps you limit your screen time. For example, apps like Forest and Stay Focused allow you to temporarily block access to other apps on your phone during study periods.
Make it harder for yourself to navigate over to Netflix, Hulu, or Facebook from your laptop or desktop computer as well. Install an add-on on your browser like Just Focus and give yourself a dedicated time when you are allowed to check out those sites, then make them off-limits during study hours.
If you want to go the extra step, the browser add-on Timewarp will actually re-direct you to a productive site every time you enter, or type in, a “distracting” site like Facebook.
You can choose between a re-direct, a motivational quote, or a timer that will show you how long you have spent in that site. Think of it as a fun way to remind yourself not to procrastinate!
Try These Student Study Hacks Today
Even during normal times, every university student can benefit from having a few hacks up their sleeve. Now, more than ever, you need to have strategies in place to help you navigate your online learning and stay engaged.
Try implementing one of these study hacks into your routine during your next study session. Even making small changes to the way you address your coursework can make a big difference.
Don’t forget, we might not be able to meet in person, but we’re still here for you at UHV. If you need help navigating online learning, reach out to an advisor today.