• Get organized: define tasks that will help you prepare for assignments, exams, etc.; make flashcards; get notes and/or an article(s); visit office hours; go to study sessions; complete readings, etc.
  • Get a jump on research papers early; do not wait until the last minute
  • Identify study locations that limit distractions and allow you to focus. (illinispaces.illinois.edu/uiuc)
  • Study with a group, but be selective so those individuals keep you on track and not distracted
  • Turn off cell phones and other electronics that cause distractions or lead to procrastination  
  • Mix up tasks like reading, writing, and computer work to break up the monotony and give you variety while studying
  • Take reasonable study breaks to refresh your mind and body.
  • Avoid all-nighters - getting plenty of rest helps you concentrate, be more productive, and energized
  • Know what to expect - talk with the professor to find out what will be emphasized on exams
  • Review or preview material based on your need and don’t wait until exams 
  • Don’t rely on your memory; write down appointments, meetings, due dates, etc.
  • Avoid procrastination! If you can get it done today, just do it!
  • Don’t make assumptions - take time to clarify instructions so your time and energy isn’t wasted
  • Know your limits - set reasonable boundaries that will help you stay positive, productive, and in control
  • Use weekends to study
  • Be flexible - in times of crisis keep an open mind and be willing to compromise
  • Take slow, deep breathes to stay focused, relaxed, and calm - check out McKinley’s online relaxation exercises on their website