being a college student is an amazing opportunity for us to expand our knowledge and pave our way to our future goals, which is why I take my study very seriously. I have so many things that I want to achieve in life and being graduated with a satisfying score will be one of the most important aspects to achieve my goals. In my first semester, I didn't take it really seriously and I ended up with an average GPA, and then I realized that I have to make some changes. I put a little more effort on my second semester (and believe me, I don't even think that I put that much effort since my grades don't change that much and I like to compare myself with some of my hardworking friends and whew, I realized I needed a change), and my grade actually raised quite a bit, and now I will try to put my best effort to ace this third semester.

anyway, these are some study tips and tricks that I found helpful.

// ๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’›๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’Š๐’‘๐’”

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1. ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ - pick a particular color for each class and work around the hues of that color to make it more organized (ex: I use a blue paper for my politic class, and use every blue shade available for my notes/planner/flashcards/etc.)

2. ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐˜† - make a dashboard on the first page of your notebook or binder with post-it notes so you can write down any homework, questions, or page numbers. you can get to work on it once you get home.

3. ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ - you'll get an overall glimpse of how your week looks like so you can plan the week and calculate how much time you need to spend on your study sessions and homework.

// ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’…๐’š ๐’”๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•

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4. ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ - read the chapter that will be discussed before the class and make a summary although most professors don't require you to prepare in advance, you will understand the chapter better when you have studied it before.

5. ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† - if you don't take some time to study every single day and then only studied once every week for two or three hours straight, you will most likely be overwhelmed and you won't understand what you are studying, take an hour or an hour and a half to study every morning or afternoon or evening, whichever suits you. also, don't forget to take a fifteen-minute break every session!

6. ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ - before every study session, make a list of things that you have to work on: homework that needs to be done, pages that you have to go through, the chapters you need to read, etc. It will be much better if you make the list right after classes so when you get home you will be more determined to finish those tasks.

7. ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ - believe it or not, you will study better when you are studying in a tidy space. bring everything you need: textbooks, binder, laptop, a cup of coffee; and keep them neatly put on your desk.

8. ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ - we always have a least favorite subjects or classes or tasks, and we have to tackle them first.

9. ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€ - save at least an afternoon or one morning or an evening every week for an intensive session. this session will be your 'life-saver' when you have tons of homework and projects that you can't fit in your daily academic routine. one free afternoon to organize and catch up with your academic life will come in handy!

10. ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป'๐˜ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ - sometimes, you finished your tasks way ahead of your original plan, but that doesn't mean that you should stop right away! use the time to prepare for the upcoming classes.

11. ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป - perhaps you feel tired and feeling like you have some pressure. take some time to breathe and refresh: go for a walk, walk your dog, drink a cup of tea or coffee, have a nice meal; and find your motivation. I like to ask myself, "if I stop now, when will I ever reach my goals?" because I am scared as hell to not reaching my goals so I use that question to motivate myself hahaha

// ๐’Š๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’”

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12. ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ - there's nothing better than to be actively involved in your class discussion. For most of us- 'shy creatures', participating can be dreadful โ€“ but once you get out of your box, youโ€™ll see how participating makes you understand the subject!

13. ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ - if you have any questions during class, raise your hand and ask them. If your professor doesnโ€™t like being interrupted, write them down and approach them at the end of the class. Sometimes, the little things we donโ€™t understand are exactly the ones that come up on the final exam!

14. ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ - Examples are probably the thing that makes your brain connect the information faster. If your professor isnโ€™t keen on providing examples, suggest your own and see if your answer comes upright. Sometimes, examples are the thing that makes us understand our material and our definitions since they transform formal information into relatable events.

15. ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜ - I know it sounds very straightforward or even scary asf, but sitting at the front row does wonder! You'll get focused on your professor instead of your friends, and it will help you to resist the temptation to log in on Instagram or Twitter when the class is boring.

// ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’–๐’Š๐’…๐’†

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16. ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ - write a topic on one side and then write a summary / brief definition on the other side and memorize them! also, don't forget to color coordinate your flashcards, it can help you to memorize the flashcards better.

17. ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ - mindmap is a chart that relates key words and important information, making it easy to understand the relationship and hierarchy between such keywords. Use colors and images to memorize your material better.

18. ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ - many times, we make a lot of mistakes under stress and now is when you should spot them and amend them. This can be the difference between a B and an A!

that is all for today! I hope these tips will come in handy for you as much as it did for me. I know school is a very important aspect of our lives but remember to take it easy and work on what's best for you.

๐—ง๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐—ž ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ for taking the time to read this article! I'll see you in the next ones!

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