I'm about to go into my first semester of college ever and I wasn't just wondering if you had any advice? Especially when it comes to studying and doing your work and just staying focused in class. I'm a huge procrastinator but I've slowly been breaking that habit and I need to get my shit together lol
oh gosh my studying habits are ATROCIOUS. like, they work, but Dont Be Me dude.. my fridge right now has literally nothing energy drinks in it, i only went to three (3 total) of my developmental psych classes the entire semester and for a four day period this week i sustained myself on nothing but mcdonalds pancakes and fried rice… im lowkey a mess
but um if you can get like a study buddy bc that’s really a great person to have around. my friend riley and i squatted in her godmother’s house for a week to study for finals and did nothing but sleep, eat, study, and listen to our bop city playlist to keep us awake. that was great for my study schedule actually cause im a big procrastinator but not if ive got some kind of pseudosupervision. uhhh lets see what else um. use flashcards whenever possible, i know it encourages memorization over learning but if you can basically understand the material, use flashcards cause they cause you to overlearn and that’s what you want since generally you get overconfident about how much you remember and flashcards just burn it into your brain.
keep up with your assignments so you dont get overwhelmed but dont kick yourself if you’re not studying 24/7 or even keeping up with the material, sometimes its better to cram for a week or two before the test than to do half an hour every day, it helps to avoid retroactive interference (forgetting something you learned a month ago because you’re focusing on current material). but also dont screw yourself and start studying the weekend before an exam.
and ok last one this is the most important i think because as a procrastinator im sure you’re just like me and you get tired at night and think “ill just finish this in the morning” dont ever do that with assignments or studying but always do that with reviewing things. while you sleep (in REM sleep i think) your brain goes over what you’ve learned in the past couple of hours before you went to bed and in the morning you’re usually better at remembering things you were struggling to grasp the night before when you were exhausted. i usually tell myself what i want to do before i go to bed (lets say memorize a stack of flash cards) and then i review them all even if im barely getting them right, then i go to bed, get up an hour early and suddenly everything is way more familiar than i thought itd be