How To Get A Grip On Your Study Habits

•Face the difficulty
•Talk to professors
•Consult with good students
•Make a plan
•Get a good place
•Then, DO IT!


Facing the difficulty is the first step. Studying is not always fun; the trick is learning how to do it well even when you don’t want to. If you were successful in high school without doing much work, it may come as a surprise how much work is required to do well here.

Set up your room or find a place in a library, lounge or other quiet place. You will be logging many hours here.

Professors may be happy to offer encouragement or direction, especially if you approach them at the earliest sign of difficulty.

Identify some successful students and ask how they do it. Notice who you spend time with, and try for a good influence on your work habits.


Get organized about your work

•Plan on 3-4  hours of homework per week  for each credit hour of a course – this is easily 60 or more hours a week of study.  Some classes will take more, some less.

•Plan for lots of sleep, some recreation and enough food.

•Set priorities; you will need to limit some activities in favor of others.

•Be realistic about how much time things take.

•Break tasks into do-able portions.

•See Get Control of Your Schedule! for more details on this.


Handle the material several times.

Read and take notes.

•Take notes in class

•Review both sets of notes, highlighting if this works for you.

•Be aware of what is not clear and work to clarify it and/or ask someone for help.


For more detailed assistance, call Colby College Counseling Services

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