Five study tips to better grades

The idea of studying, for many students, seems to be a horrific, time-consuming compilation of reading, note taking and falling asleep on textbooks. However, studying doesn’t have to be that excruciating.

With midterms happening all over campus and finals not too far away, it is important for students to find study habits which will be efficient and beneficial for them. Here are five study tips for the non-studiers and hard learners:

1. Study time

Set aside time to study. Between classes, working and a personal life it is important to know when exactly you have time to sit down and study. Although many people do it right before bed, this is a bad idea, as you are more likely to fall asleep. Try waking up a little bit earlier to study, or maybe try studying during the day, between work, classes and other obligations.

2. Eliminate distractions

Find a quiet place where you can concentrate. Turn off the TV and put your phone on silent. Social networks and texting are one of the biggest distractions when it comes to getting homework done. Avoid the temptation by turning them all off right away.

3. A healthy environment

Do not study while in bed or lying on the couch. If you really want to focus and get work done, then you should be sitting up at a desk, table or cubicle. The Halle Library is a great place because there are computers, books, databases, a variety of software, group study rooms and personal cubicles. If you are not on campus, then try sitting at your kitchen table or in a quiet corner of a coffee shop.

4. Resources

If you just don’t understand the material in some of your classes, don’t give up, and do not be afraid to seek help. Eastern Michigan University has many different resources for students to take advantage of. The Holman Success Center offers tutoring, study tables, success coaching and more. There is also the University Writing Center, the Academics Project Center and the International Student Resource Center for specialized help. Visit for more information on any of these programs.

5. The right method

Different ways of studying work for different people. Some people have a great memory and can look at a chapter or a study guide once to remember the material. However, for those students who don’t have the best memory, it is good to look at your notes or textbook a little bit at a time and then leave and come back to the same material until you know it. Rewriting notes works for some people as well. Flash cards are another good way to test your knowledge, especially when studying vocabulary. Have a roommate or friend quiz you on the material. Also, if a professor is kind enough to make you a study guide, then always use it. No matter how vague it may be, this is one of the best tools for studying.

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