Share Eight Tips for Successful Studying

Whether they’re getting ready for final exams or just looking to hone their overall study skills, USA Funds® Life Skills® can help your students make the most of their schoolwork outside the classroom.

Share with your students these eight tips for successful studying, from USA Funds Life Skills course “204 How Do I Manage My School Life?”

1. Do your reading.

  • Read and then reread the book. Textbooks must be studied, not merely read.
  • Read the material before the lecture.
  • Read the material again after the lecture.
  • Read to understand, not to merely memorize.

2. Ask questions.

  • Draft questions about issues or concepts that you don’t understand, and bring the questions to class the next time.
  • Admit when you don’t understand and need clarification. Don’t be afraid to ask the instructor (or fellow students) for help.

3. Visit your school’s learning assistance center.

  • Your campus may offer a variety of centers and services to help you with writing, speaking, math, test-taking, note-taking and other essential study skills. These services usually are included in your regular student fees.

4. Schedule a time to study each day.

  • This practice will help you establish a routine. For every hour spent in class. You’ll need to plan on studying two hours outside of class.
  • Schedule times when you are most alert to study. Are you more alert in the morning, afternoon or evening?

5. Set up a study environment to eliminate distractions.

  • Distractions include your phone, television, friends, family or children.
  • Place a “quiet” sign on your door.
  • Prepare to study by eliminating clutter and organizing your materials.
  • Set up a study place and study there. Set up a desk or table and an upright (not too comfortable) chair. Have your space well lit and at a cool temperature.

6. Find study partners.

  • Select peers in class who will study with you for important assignments and exams. Be sure to choose those who are doing well in the course.
  • Your best friends or significant other may not be your best study partners. Sometimes they can be more distracting than helpful.

7. Study harder subjects first.

  • While your mind is clear and fresh, study subjects that are more difficult. Save your easier material for later.

8. Find the libraries and study areas on campus and use them.

  • Find the study area that meets your needs. Don’t study at crowded tables.
  • Know your campus and the special use libraries available.
  • Know the hours your library is open. Hours may change during exam times and the holidays.
  • Become familiar with the different resources that your library offers.
  • Use the online resources available at your school.

USA Funds Life Skills is an online financial literacy and student success program. The program equips your institution to teach its students to manage their time and money wisely while they are on campus and after graduation.

Course “204 How Do I Manage My School Life?” also helps students create time management plans and understand the importance of student-faculty interactions.

Other USA Funds Life Skills courses address the topics of financial aid and paying for college, setting goals, balancing school and personal life, managing money and credit, and preparing for graduation and life after college.

USA Funds Life Skills recently received a gold medal in the Brandon Hall Group 2013 Excellence in Learning Awards Program.

Nearly 200 postsecondary institutions currently use USA Funds Life Skills. Since moving to its current online platform, in 2009, more than 130,000 students at colleges and universities throughout the nation have completed more than 453,000 USA Funds Life Skills courses.

For more information about USA Funds Life Skills — or if you would like to schedule a demonstration or learn more about USA Funds’ other default prevention tools and solutions  — contact USA Funds.