Welcome, new and returning Kirkwood students. After the long winter break, your Kirkwood library staff is glad you are back!
So now that the spring semester has arrived, how about making a few “new semester resolutions?” Did you know that most students procrastinate? (I bet you never would have guessed that!) By the time you get done with your job, classes and family activities, most students are too tired to spend quality time studying. So here are a few tips from author Blythe Grossberg (2009) on making the most of those precious moments when you are energized and alert:
1. “Break down your studying into small, manageable bits (p. 10).”
It will be much less painful if you break studying down into shorter periods of times rather than one marathon session. Cramming the night before an exam is rarely effective. Begin studying on Monday for that test on Thursday.
2. “Use a planner to break down your studying time (p. 10).”
You can do this high- tech by using your cell phone or Google calendar, or more low-tech by using a desk calendar or day planner.
3. “Be flexible about scheduling your time using a nightly to-do list (p. 12).”
Grossberg realizes that sometimes you will slip-up, so build extra study time into your schedule. Make a to-do list, number each item in order of importance, then transfer uncompleted items to the next day.
4. “Get energized to study (p. 13).”
Go jogging, take a short nap, or listen to music for a few minutes, so your mind and body are refreshed and ready to concentrate.
5. “Reward yourself (p. 15).”
This should be everyone’s favorite suggestion. After studying, take some time for yourself, to do whatever it is that revitalizes you for the busy day ahead. This could be video games, Facebook, television viewing or phone conversations with a favorite friend.
Your Kirkwood library can help by recommending books on more study tips. Remember that your Kirkwood librarians are here to support you in any way that we can.
Grossberg, B. (2009). Test success: Test-taking and study strategies for all students, including those with ADD and LD. Plantation, FL: Specialty Press.