Ever walked away from a lecture with no idea what was just said? These tips will give you the tools to help you get into gear and focus on school when other things are clamoring for your attention. These tips are for everyone! Incoming freshmen all the way to last semester seniors who have all but checked out. Make these habits and you’ll be on your way to success.
Identify Your Motivation
Why are you in school?
Can you answer this question? If not, this is where you need to start. Without a purpose or motivation, there’s no way you’ll put your phone down or turn off Netflix. So shut your laptop, lock your phone and dig deep. I’ll wait.
Now, examine your answer further. Is your answer something that matters to you? Are you working to better your future? Or are you just here because you have to be? Once you have a connection to your why, focus comes naturally. Envision your end goal when distractions come.
Motivation in action: On harder days, mentally run through why you are going to class today. Think of the real reason you are in school, and why specifically you need this class. Then, think about why you need to be present today in order to achieve your goals. It’s much easier to say no to the friend that just invited you to lunch at the same time as your next class when you remind yourself of your motivations.
Prepare Yourself Before Class
- Get to class ten minutes early.
- Sit where you will stay alert. Don’t sit next to someone who you know you’ll talk to through the lecture.
- Put your phone in your backpack and fight the urge with all you have to check it!
- Pull out your laptop or notebook, and get ready to learn!
During Class – Take Notes
Wanna know a secret? Notes weren’t just a torture method used by high school teachers. There’s no rule enforcing you to take notes in college, but trust me, they are worth it in the long run! Not only do they help you stay focused in class, but they also help you when studying and doing homework.
Here are 5 tips on taking notes in college:
Take them in the way that makes the most sense to you
- Don’t write every word
- Stick to bullet points
- Use headers and Sub headers
- Get creative so you’ll want to look at them and use them!
Schedule time for your classes, assignments, and weekly studying. That way, you’ll be done by the time everyone else is having fun. This means planning ahead weekly or even daily instead of putting things off and needing to cram things in at the last minute. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself when spending time with friends and family instead of sweating through the evening stressing about the term paper that’s due at midnight.
Pro tip: Never miss a due date by putting reminders in your phone calendar!
Find a Study Space
Set aside a designated study space. Make sure that when you’re there, you’re working. Go through that mental preparation you did before class and remind yourself again why you are studying. These steps tell your mind and body to focus on what you’re there for. Make sure to leave when you’re done. Stay strict about this! This isn’t your Netflix binge spot.
Let’s be real, most studying means scrolling on your phone with your computer open for about an hour before you even look at your notes. Set a rule that study time means your phone is off. Be strict about what tabs are open on your computer.
Treat yo’ self is something to live by, but only after you’ve done something to deserve it! Make sure to give yourself the time to relax and rejuvenate after you’ve put 100% effort into your schoolwork. Figure out what is special to you and go get it after what you have planned is accomplished!
These next four years can be filled with heartbreak, love, laughter, friends, and a roller coaster of other emotions. With the tips listed, you can stay grounded, so if and when it comes down to it, you can stay focused on something that really matters, you and your future.
Now get to work!
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