Studying Problems? You’re Not Alone.


One of the biggest challenges for college students today is studying. If you don’t think so just look around you: students are on cell phones, using their iPods, surfing the internet or otherwise distracted. Studying problems are nothing new, but this generation of college students has to cope with many more of them.

Do your study habits need to be fine tuned?

Some students thrive when their study environment is noisy while others are only able to function if they have near absolute silence. I like to think the majority of students fall somewhere in between, but you may find that you can function on either extreme depending on your mood and other factors.

According to the Academic Skills Center of Dartmouth University in a Where to Study/How to Study advisory, they identified four tips college students should use to help them study. These tips were suggested to help students who are learning to adapt to a college learning environment but are certainly helpful for anyone who needs to grasp what they are studying:

Study in chunks – Cramming hours of study together may sound efficient to some people, but it can be wearisome. Dartmouth suggests that students study for small periods of time—20 to 50 minutes—and then take a brief 5-10 minute break.

Study while it is light – Some students thrive when they “burn the midnight oil” but most of us are tired late at night and aren’t studying efficiently. Study during the day when your energy is the highest and you should be able to trim your study time in half.

Study hard, early – Dartmouth suggests that students rank their top three classes, then spend time early and often studying your most difficult class. That means if English Literature, Bio-geography and Advanced Calculus are your three top classes, pick the one most challenging to you and plan on giving it extra special attention and do it early in the day.

Study actively – Reading your material is one thing, but asking yourself questions about what you read, discussing the same with your peers and engaging your professor can help you retain what you have learned.

Will these changes help you? They should. But if they don’t, take a look at your learning environment and consider what distractions are holding you back from excelling academically. It could be those ear buds need to be put away and your portable audio player turned off while you are studying.

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