How To Do Well in Class

by - Sunday, August 19, 2018

As many of you know, I'm currently back in school studying for my criminal justice degree. However, as many things in life are, it's not easy. Heck, if it were easy then I wouldn't have dropped out of community college. Doing well in class is going to take a lot of time and effort, but it can be done.

Read ahead
I do this all the time if there are any chapters assigned for me to read. Reading ahead is great because then you'll know what the upcoming lesson is going to be on, and if you take notes from the book like I do, you won't scramble trying to get everything down.

Study for no more than 2-3 hours per day
Don't study for more than 2-3 hours per day. This is because overstudying can actually be counterproductive. Your eyes will skip over some parts and you will be forced to re-read the part you just read because your brain couldn't comprehend what you were reading. I try to study or work for no more than 2 hours a day, including weekends, because too much studying is going to fry your brain.

Get enough sleep
To do well in class, you have to get enough rest. A class isn't a place to be sleeping, and the teachers will know if you have been paying attention or not. This also ties in with the second tip, because if you study a little bit each day, you won't spend all night cramming for that final.

Set reminders
If you are extremely forgetful, setting reminders does help. I use Google Calendar for my reminders, and I love how my Calendar syncs with the Apple Calendar on my iPhone. I have reminders turned off because I know where I need to be, but if you are the type of person who forgets appointments and such, it's best to program a reminder.

Use Pomodoro timers
Pomodoro timers are timers that you set for certain intervals called Pomodoros (the most common one being 25 minutes), followed by a short break. Once you have completed four Pomodoros, you are allowed to have a long break of 15-30 minutes. Certain apps like Forest help if you are a Pro Crastinator (trademarked) and need some help kicking your own butt in gear. Forest also helps if you simply want to spend less time on your phone.

Tutoring centers and library
Usually, after class, I'll head to the library and spend 1-2 hours working on my assignments. This is so I don't forget it, and if you really need help, you can go to your school's tutoring center. After all, you are paying to use all the facilities of the school, so you might as well use them up.

Do you have any tips and tricks on how to do well in class?

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