Step up your game with these study habits.

Study habits. They can be super useful for getting in the right state of mind to prep for a test.

Especially after over a year of studying online, it’s possible to develop study habits that — let’s just say — can be improved. You know, like “multitasking” by watching Netflix while listening to a lecture.

So, to help you with the transition back to campus, here are some handy study habits that easily transfer between virtual and in-person learning:

Put it in your calendar

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Sometimes there’s too much to remember off the top of your head.

So, get in the habit of writing down all your due dates right when they’re assigned — soon it’ll become second nature. The most important part, though, is making sure you’re actually checking your calendar during the week! Having a visual layout can give you the motivation (or kick) to start studying for next week’s quiz.

And, keep a copy of your critical paths too — so you’ll know what readings are due for each class.

It’s easy to maintain this study habit virtually and on campus! For example, did you know Blackboard has a calendar available for all your course due dates? Or, grab one of IGNITE’s free virtual agendas, available digitally or in print at either of our offices.

Review your notes after class

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The class material will be fresh in your mind right after the lecture. Take some time to review your notes, highlight key concepts or see if you have any questions about the material for the next lecture.

Another great study habit is rewriting your notes after each class — you’ll have good copies ready when the test comes.  

Take a moment to stretch

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Most of us sit during class and while we study — that’s a long time to be sitting! Make it a habit to stretch in between to allow your body to move. Sometimes a good stretch is all it takes to refocus your mind.

Did you know Humber also puts on virtual fitness classes? Check out the variety of yoga classes along with other fitness activities (we’ve got our eye on Zumba!).

Pair up with a study buddy

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Having someone to go over the material with is helpful — just try to keep each other on track! Whether you meet with them virtually or go to the library for a roommate study session, you’ll also be able to bounce questions off each other and get in the right mindset.

And if you want to spend some more time on the material, all Humber and Guelph-Humber students have access to free peer tutoring through Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS). Sessions can be conducted over the phone or online via Upswing — super convenient!

Keep organized

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It’s handy to have a clean desk with enough space for all your study materials. (Clear off those snack wrappers!) Organize your learning materials — like pens and textbooks — so you know where they are and can easily access them.

Set aside any distractions (like your phone) and, when you’re on campus find a good space in the library to settle down.

Wile E. Coyote from Looney Tunes searching with binoculars

This study habit will be a lifesaver when you need to find your study notes and assignments. Keep your virtual desktop organized as well — with labeled files for your courses and project documents.

Tackling learning, whether online or in-person, can be tough. Luckily, PALS also offers you the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a Digital Learning Coach about online learning tips and resources.

Whether you’re learning virtually from home or on campus, taking these study habits with you will surely set you up for success!

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