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A DIY guide to developing good study habits

Welcome back to campus! You’ve probably already had your first week or two of classes by now, and whether you’re starting your freshman year or you’re a graduating senior, now is the time to start developing good study habits for your semester.

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

While plenty of campuses have tutoring and writing centers to help you organize your schedules and study plans, you can also follow some do it yourself tips. Think it’s better to start with a healthy GPA than to have to improve it at midterms? Then follow this DIY guide to getting the semester off on the right track. Read more

7 effective study tips for college students

Many colleges offer study tips to improve academics, but often don’t include effective study tools to help college students study better and retain what they’ve learned.

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Student success depends on having the right tools for the job and knowing how to best use them. Here are some lifehack study tips to improve college habits and gain a student advantage. Read more

Get the FAQs for college student academics

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, college students have many questions. Some are perennial favorites, like why do I have to take electives. Others concern study habits and best strategies for a term paper. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions and some college tips to help you get a student advantage in your academics.

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

Are electives not related to my major a waste of time?

Actually no, and we’ll tell you why… Read more

After a bad midterm exam: College tips to improve academics

Always keep in mind that it's never too late to succeed.

Always keep in mind that it’s never too late to succeed.

Bad midterms are not the end of the world. Student success doesn’t hinge on one test. There are ways for college students to improve study habits and get a better grade on your subsequent tests and final exam. Did you suffer from a lousy midterm exam? Worried your academics aren’t up to par? Here are some tips for college students to study better and improve your overall grade in the class.

Don’t get discouraged

Grace Fleming wrote in “Improving Bad Grades: Change Your Habits and Improve Your Grades” for About.com’s Homework/Study Tips: “It is easy to get the blues when you receive low scores on a big test or a homework assignment, but you can’t let poor performance get you down. There is always time to make things better. … Just don’t get down on yourself!” Read more

Test taking tips for final exams: How not to fail

Planning ahead for final exam prep can ease stress and help you sleep better once finals arrive.

Planning ahead for final exam prep can ease stress and help you sleep better once finals arrive.

It’s final exam time again. You know what you’re supposed to do and what you’re not supposed to do. Don’t forget your test taking tips, practice good study habits, get some sleep and exercise. If you don’t want to fail all your final exams, disappoint your parents, waste your tuition money and become a bum, here are some study tips for college and a list of what not to do.

Don’t ignore the teacher. If you find some material confusing, get a consultation from the teacher; he or she is there to help. The important information you need to understand thoroughly shouldn’t be a mystery to you at this stage. Read more

Final exam horror stories

What not to do during final exams. (Courtesy of Sneha Wadhwani)

What not to do during final exams. (Courtesy of Sneha Wadhwani)

Ever have that dream that you’re taking a test and you never studied for it? It’s a common occurrence of nervous test takers. Or what if you slept late, or went to your final exam in your pajamas? You know you have good study habits and have listened to all the study tips for college students. But what if the unexpected happens? Are you prepared? Here are some horror stories of final exams.

“The Dream” that you never studied for the test

A common dream for students is arriving on test day and realizing you never studied, never went to any classes or never even knew you were signed up for the course. Or, worse yet, that you arrived to class naked. Read more

College life tip: How to de-stress before exams and public speaking

Practicing yoga is one of many ways to relax and unwind when feeling stressed.

Practicing yoga is one of many ways to relax and unwind when feeling stressed.

Many events in college can be stressful and overwhelming, such as taking exams, speaking in public, meeting new friends, learning good study habits and talking with teachers. The more you focus on what’s stressing you, the worse you’ll get. In college as in life, stressful moments are just a necessary part of dealing with hurdles that come your way. For proper student health, here are some tips for de-stressing and relaxing so you can focus on what needs to be done.

Do yoga or meditate. Yoga is effective for promoting relaxation, tension relief and restfulness. “Yoga helps us slow down for a moment and tune into the breath. Simply the focus on one thing which is the very definition of meditation allows us to decompress,” Dr. Terri Kennedy, registered yoga teacher and president of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. told The Huffington Post in “The 10 Best Yoga Poses For Stress Relief,” April 6, 2013, by Carolyn Gregoire. Read more

Student health and effects of sleep deprivation: Best study habits include adequate sleep

Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

The effect of sleep deprivation on college students is a well-known problem. As we face the new experiences of dorm life, new sleep patterns, sharing dorm rooms, freedom away from parents to party, late night study habits, new clubs and activities — all this can lead to sleep deprivation and disruptive effects on our bodies and school performance. Don’t believe me? Read on to learn how more sleep means better test results, a healthier body and fewer trips to the student health center! Read more