No one is quite sure where the phrase “Hitting the Books” came from, although many would like to physically harm their books once the semester is officially underway (especially during exam week)! It more than likely came from the term “Hitting the Trail” when cowboys used it as they headed out for a journey. We know that getting back to the grind of school and studying can be a difficult journey in and of itself, so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you get back to it! Continue reading
You know studying is the key to academic success. This has been drilled into your head over and over throughout your entire academic career. Getting a bad grade is never an easy pill to swallow, but it’s even more gut wrenching when you know the bad grade is the result of poor study habits.
So, what contributes to successful or unsuccessful studying?
Noise, temperature, lighting, distractions, and resources at your go-to study spot are all factors to consider before auto-piloting to your usual location. On top of that, ask yourself these questions: Did you eat before sitting down to study? Have you exercised recently? Do you have a study plan? Is your work area clean? Are you distraction free?
Location is Key!
If you feel like you spend countless hours studying and still have trouble pulling off the grades you want, it could be that you’re simply not studying in the right places for you. We have found that the key to successful studying is actually your study spot.
It doesn’t hurt to try studying in a few different locations to see what works best for you. Studying different subjects might lead you to different study environments. For example, the perfect setting for studying calculous may not be where you do your best essay writing. The top places to study on the UW campus are pretty typical. There are countless libraries, two Student Unions, local coffee shops, academic buildings, and of course, the option to study from home.
Check out these pros and cons of Madison’s top study spots and see if you agree.
It’s an Individual thing
The study spot your friends prefer may not be what works best for you, so be open to the idea of branching out on your own at times.
Virginia tech created an interactive chart to help college students measure their options and choose the study-spot where success is most probable. Try it out, and let us know how your favorite spots stack up. Feel free to add to our list of pros and cons or make recommendations below in the comments section or on Facebook. It’s not just about more studying; it’s about setting yourself up for success from the beginning.
Planning how you will study is just as important as actually hitting the books. Wishing you happy studies and a successful semester!