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    Study Smarts

    Students give advice about adjusting to college studies.

    Where's the best place to study? How do you survive that first big paper? What do you do to keep from stressing over studies? For answers that are sure to help you adjust to your own college studies, we talked to students from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado.

    Develop good study habits in your first couple of months in college because they will carry you through the rest of your time on campus. And believe me, bad habits will also follow you! I wish I would've set solid study habits when I was a freshman, so I wouldn't be struggling to figure them out now. Procrastination has only led me to sleep deprivation and sickness. So learn from my mistakes and set good study patterns early on.

    —Gabriel Wilson, senior

    The workload in college is different from high school, so I've had to learn to keep my priorities straight. This means keeping on top of my studies. But life can't be all about studies and grades. So, to keep a balance, I make sure I have some fun, too.

    —Eden Zang, senior

    One way I study for tests is by making note cards. I find that the more I write down the information, the more I remember. My roommate and I did this for a big test we both had to study for. We each made 80 note cards and then got together later to go over the material. Although this was time-consuming, it was worth it because we both did well on the test.

    —Tina Decker, senior

    When I'm studying for a test, I have to be by myself without any distractions. If you're like me, you'll need to get out of your dorm room and find a spot on campus where you won't be distracted, like the library or study lounge.

    —Natalie Puentes, junior

    Don't cheat yourself out of the education you'll get in college. It's easy to do just enough to get by, but applying yourself and absorbing what you're learning will make you a more well-rounded person.

    —Laura Spence, junior

    Set aside a specific time to study, like maybe two nights a week, instead of just whenever you have free time. It's just important to get into a routine and stick to it. If you don't, you'll end up hanging out with friends all the time and you'll never study.

    —Dan Wright, senior

    Lately, I've had quite a few papers to write. With one of those I started three weeks early, did research and even spent five days writing and correcting the paper. On the other hand, I had been focusing on one subject so much that I forgot I had a 10-page paper due in another subject within a week. I waited until the night before and finished it in six hours. The first way was much better. I wouldn't wish anybody the stress or strain I went through on that second paper.

    —Rollin Johnson Jr., senior

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