Between classes and homework, the last thing you want to do in your free time is study. In college, it can be hard to find a good life balance that includes both academic and social endeavors. You may be finding that after getting home from school that you don’t have the time or patience to spend the remaining hours of the day reviewing exam material. If this sounds like you, maybe it’s time to incorporate studying into your daily life.
Daily activities like getting to your next class or driving in your car are good opportunities to get a little extra studying in. If you ride the bus to get to and from classes utilize your sit time and go over the lecture notes you took that day. Don’t like to carry around a bunch of papers with you? See if your phone, PDA, or iPod will allow you to view emails, Word, or PDF documents. Storing your notes in a digital format not only reduces the weight in your backpack, but ensures that you are never without them. Also think about how much time you spend driving each day going to school or running errands. Instead of listening to whatever pop song is on the radio, you can be putting useful information inside your head. Start recording class lectures and turn them into MP3 files that you can listen to in your car, while walking to class, or during a workout. Listening to lectures not only frees up your hands for other activities, but can help you to recall information better when you are taking an exam.
During this day and age, it is likely you spend a lot of time on the Internet. Whether you are on the computer surfing your favorite news site or catching up on your favorite blog, you may find yourself feeling guilty because you haven’t reviewed the vocabulary for your next history exam. Before you take that guilt trip, think about how you might be able to do both. In between blog posts, consider visiting your textbook’s companion Web site, which will typically provide access to interactive study tools where you can review vocabulary, concepts, and questions, from each chapter. After you check your e-mail, you can click on interactive flash cards to help you learn and memorize vocabulary or take an interactive quiz to test your knowledge on each chapter.