6 Tips to Keep You on Track with Studying

Studying isn’t always fun and I often find myself putting it off, but these 6 steps help me stay on top of the game with homework.

Using these tips could help you finish assignments earlier so you can spend more time studying for exams!

1. Plan your studying

Before the school year starts, make it your goal to use a planner. Some schools offer free planners at the bookstore, so go check with yours before you buy one. What I have found helpful when staying organized is color coordinating my planner—I use a different color pen for each class. When I get my syllabus for each class I make sure to mark important dates in advance, I mark test and assignment due dates in a specific color for each class. Now I can know which days I have a lot due, and which days I can relax.

2. Set a homework time

Figure out if you study better in the mornings or later in the day. Once you know what time of the day you are the most focused, make it a habit to do all your work then. You could even treat it like a class you need to attend every day to get your work done.

3. Be an early bird

If you are proactive with your assignments, they won’t get in the way of studying for an exam or writing an unexpected paper. I’m not going to sound like a professor and say you need to be studying weeks before each exam, because let’s be honest, ’aint nobody got time for that. I like to study the week before a test, this gives me enough time to review all my notes I took throughout the course and feel confident in the information.

4. Read textbook before class

Get to class prepared to ask questions you had while reading the chapter. This helps clarify all the information you learned while reading.

5. Make learning fun

One fun way to study is to make flashcards. I use flashcards when I study to keep myself engaged with the information. I spread them all out on my floor and clean them up one by one as I recite the definitions. If flashcards aren’t right for you, mnemonics and acronyms are fun, too!

6. Find online study tools

Many publishers offer test prep, practice quiz, and pre-generated flashcards as online study aids. Here is a previous blog post I wrote about helpful study apps. Take advantage of online study tools for deeper learning.

I hope one of these tips will benefit your study habits and make you a more successful student in the classroom.

Comment below what study tip you found most helpful!


Jennifer is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Missouri State University. After graduating in Spring 2018, she plans on furthering her education to earn a master’s degree in Administration. Her career goal is to become an elementary school principal or open up her own preschool. Jennifer is excited to work at Cengage as a Student Ambassador!

Jennifer has a very outgoing personality! She has a heart for animals, loves spending time with her family and loves to be involved in organizations on campus. She is currently an honored member of Centennial Leaders (a highly competitive leadership organization), Senator on the sustainability committee for the Student Government Association, and Vice President of the Animal Rights Club (a club founded by her and her sister). Jennifer commutes from home because she loves every minute being with her family. She goes on many different memorable adventures with her family. Being connected on campus and helping other students are two of Jennifer’s biggest passions, which will make her a great asset to the Cengage family!

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