Study Tips

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Study Tips

Study Tips

Ask questions.

  • Ask yourself questions about what you are reading. This can help you figure out the most important areas to focus on.

Quiz yourself.

  • Use chapter review questions to reinforce what you know and determine what you need to review.

Cramming is not ideal.

  • It can cause added stress, loss of sleep, and loss of concentration. Also, it does not promote long term learning. Pace your studying.

Highlight key points.

  • This can help you recognize the most important parts and can help you with a last minute review.

Take scheduled breaks.

  • Commit to taking a break from studying at regular intervals. Sometimes walking away for a few minutes can be refreshing.


  • Studying will be much less effective if you are tired. Try to get a good night’s sleep, or take a nap (20 – 30 minutes) if you are tired.

Stay away from distractions.

  • Study where you will not be distracted. Remember, the TV and your phone count as distractions!

Group study.

  • Sometimes studying with your classmates can help with areas you find difficult.

Careful with caffeine.

  • Too much caffeine can increase feelings of anxiety and restlessness. However, caffeine in moderation can be helpful (just know your limits!).

Do not procrastinate.

  • This may lead to cramming and that does not help. However, some people study best under stress, and they procrastinate as a way to get into their optimal study zone. Know your study sweet spot!

Reduce your stress levels.

  • If you start to feel stressed, taking a few deep breaths can help you relax.
  • Exercise and good time management can also help.
  • And, remember that the stress feeling is there to encourage you to study!