Health fields differ greatly, but there are some solid strategies
that you can apply for academic success across the board.
Being a college student can be challenging: It involves countless
hours studying, taking exams, researching and writing papers.
Your schedule will be full and finding time for everything may seem
impossible, so we pulled together these tips to help you make the
most of your study time, so you can have your best academic year
Manage your time wisely
- Have set library hours. Start a routine of going to the library to study and do coursework
for at least an hour or two a day—or a few hours a few days a week.
The exciting thing about college is that your schedule is up to
you, but that means that you also need to hold yourself responsible
for doing the not-so-fun parts of college life. A routine will help
studying become a regular part of your life rather than something
you have to force yourself to do instead of other more fun
- Don’t procrastinate. Trust us, it’s not worth it. Do your homework soon after it’s
assigned and get started on projects long before their due dates!
- Promote health by being healthy. Movies and TV shows may glamorize all-nighters and a diet of
greasy pizza and coffee, but you know better than that! A healthy
body is a well-functioning body so make sure that even when you’re
at your busiest, you’re still eating your fruits and vegetables,
hydrating (with water, not just caffeine-laden drinks!) and taking
breaks for a quick walk to get your blood flowing. You may feel
like you don’t have time for all of this but your future self will
thank you for realizing the importance of wellness, especially
during times of stress.
- Set goals. You’re likely taking multiple classes and balancing personal
responsibilities as well. You have a lot to get done and the best
way to ensure it’s all finished in a timely manner is to know your
priorities and set a timeline to get them done.
Do the work
- Know what kind of learner you are. Neil Fleming’s VARK model breaks learners into four categories:
visual learners, auditory learners, read/write learners and
kinesthetic learners. Knowing how you learn best will help you to
ensure that you’re studying in a way that helps you grasp concepts
and retain knowledge. The VARK Questionnaire can help give you some
insight into your learner type.
- Do the readings. Don’t just do the reading before class—take notes while reading as
well. This ensures you stay focused while reading and also gives
you a way to refresh before class.
- Take notes. Jot down any helpful insight professors share during class and
note example problems, theories and the like that could help you
understand your readings once you don’t have the professor in front
Use your resources
- Get by with a little help from your friends. If you have to study, might as well do it with friends! Forming a
study group will give you accountability partners and might make
this necessity of academic life a little more fun, too.
- Find support. Your college of choice wants you to succeed so they offer the
resources you’ll need to do so. Look for an Academic Support
Center—note that it may go by another name at your college or
university—since that’s where you’ll find coaches, tutors and
counselors who would love to help you gain the skills you need for
- Learn from the best. Having a mentor—someone who has experience in your field and has
been where you arecan help you when you have specific questions or
when you’re trying to plan your career in general. Learn how to
find a mentor.