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Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in ComLead

As the school year begins, I am finding that getting back into the routine of studying and reading is taking some time to get used to.  Using tips to save time when studying and prepping can help you beat the stress and sleep deprivation that can come with managing grad school and the rest of your daily obligations.

1. Prioritize. With multiple classes and pages of notes from lecture, determine the most important material covered and work from there. Sometimes creating an outline or organizing flash cards are easy ways to determine what you need to learn first.

2. Monitor mind wandering. With classes that up to three hours long, a little bit of day dreaming is inevitable. When a professor is talking, it is important to make sure you keep the zoning to a minimum. Throughout the lecture, assess what the key topics are and why you think they are the most essential. If you can keep this in mind when you start to daze, it may help to refocus your attention.

3. Rephase, repeat and explain. If you think you know something, try talking through it aloud. If you can explain it to yourself and the people around you, then more than likely you will be able to do the same in class and during an exam. Staring at a page may help you get the basics, but to ensure that you fully comprehend an idea, voice it.

It can be hard to come from a summer free of classes back to the grind of classes and coursework. With the application of these tips, you may find that acclimating to a busier schedule a bit easier. In the end, it always helps to remember that all of the stress and studying will pay off in the end.

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