Meredith Students Share Study Tips for Freshmen

For our summer series of advice from Meredith students, the Office of Admissions asked a group of returning students to talk about their Meredith experience.

In this installment, we asked students share study tips that would benefit the Class of 2017 in their freshman year.

• “Try to do your homework the night you get it. If you have the homework done then you don’t have to stress the night before class. If something comes up you’re covered!”—Hannah Thornton, ’14

• “Use the breaks you have in between classes. I know it’s very tempting to take a nap or watch TV during those times, but go to the library or somewhere else to study. It will be worth it at night when you can relax and hang out with friends.”— Alexis Trell, ’15

• “Find what works for you and stick with it! My biggest problem freshman year was trying many different study techniques when I already knew what worked best for me. But whatever you do, do not procrastinate! Procrastination will come back to haunt you.”— Shelby Wilson, ’14

• “Study for 1-2 hours at a time and then take a 15 or 20 minute break. It will help you relax and recharge. It is tremendously hard to study for more than a few hours at a time—you have to let your body and mind relax.”—Cece Blair, ’14

• “Do homework as soon as it is assigned to you. It clears up your schedule for impromptu fast food runs, pick-up soccer, chats with your floormates, and any other social events that may come up. Plus it keeps you stress-free when deadlines roll around.”—Kristen Rivera, ’16

• “Do not procrastinate. College is so much different than high school and if you wait to the last minute to study for an exam or prepare for a major project you will be very stressed out. I encourage all freshmen to use a planner and write down major events, assignments and exams throughout every semester. This will help you stay organized, focused and calm.”—Laura Knott, ’15

• “Study for 30 minutes to an hour every night for a week before a test. Also, instead of just reading all your notes write them out. Writing it out helps commit the concepts to memory.”—Jordan Cone, ’14

• “In high school I could manage to get good grades without studying a lot. I thought I could maintain this "strategy" in college and that was certainly not the case. If you are like me, be ready to acquire some new study skills.”— Christina Churchill, ’16

• “Utilize study sessions, study groups or study partners. Usually if I was unsure about something a study partner would know, understand and explain the topic to me and vice versa. Find a place to study outside of your room, such as the library, outside, the parlor, etc. It’s important to get away from your room to study because there are so many possible distractions in your room.”— Jordan Capps, ’16

Want to know more about academics at Meredith? Watch this playlist featuring highlights from Meredith academic programs on our YouTube channel.

Look for more insight from Meredith students throughout the summer. Next question: What do you like best about Meredith’s location in Raleigh, N.C.?

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