It’s true: studying and doing work is a huge part of college. You’ll have challenging courses that will demand a lot of your time and brainpower. For freshmen, this can be hard. Managing a busy schedule, heavy course load and life on your own is definitely difficult—but it’s possible and will make up some of your fondest memories. You’ll quickly learn the study methods that work best for you, how to manage your time, and where you do your best work. Some people prefer study groups, others hate them. Some people head straight to the library, others study in front of the tv.
The important thing to remember is that getting a degree and succeeding academically is really why you’re at school, and you have to do what’s best for you. Although a social life is also very important and a major stress-buster, getting your tuition’s worth requires really immersing yourself in your work. Don’t forget, there are tons of kids on campus who are experienced and can give you great advice on time and stress management.
Write down your favorite study spots in your book to remind you of the late nights you spent working hard. You could also write down your favorite study snacks and drinks that helped keep you energized or even paste in some flash cards or study materials. And of course, make sure record who you were with and the good times you shared together (whether you were actually studying the whole time or not).
What are the best study hideouts on your campus? How do you manage to stay on top of your work and manage everything else going on?