7 Study Tips for College & Grad School

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s school. I’ve just always been really good at school. This is not me bragging that I’m super smart or a genius (faaaar from it), but I’ve always been really good at taking notes, studying, writing papers, etc. Maybe it’s because I’m a perfectionist/Type A and I can focus for long periods of time? But studying has always been one of my strong suits (it’s okay, you can totally call me a nerd).

However, I realize that studying can be super challenging for some people. And as I transition back into grad school after not being in class for 2 years, it was definitely a challenge for me as well. So here are 7 study tips that I’ve personally found helpful through my academic career. These are great for either college or grad school–I’ve done them in both cases. Honestly, it’s really all about knowing yourself and what works for you. Always set yourself up for success. Keep reading to find out more!

The AP style guide: my constant companion

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Likes & Favorites: Back-to-School

Even though it’s been two years since I’ve graduated college (ew I’m cringing as I write that), I still mark a “new year” at the end of August/beginning of September. It’s probably because I’ve been accustomed to the academic calendar for the majority of my life, but as soon as there’s a hint of fall, that back-to-school excitement (even if I’m not going back to school!) sets in.

Well, this year is a tad different considering am going back to school (sorta). This week, I’m starting grad school part time, so I’m reliving all the pre-school jitters that I’ve missed the past two years. In honor of the reinstatement of homework and papers in my life, this likes & favorites is all about the things I’m loving as I start this new school year. Even if you’re not going back to school, most of the things on this list are great if you’re looking for a fresh start this fall.

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The Post College Rough Drafts

Once I had a professor rip up a paper I had written right in front of my face. The class was called “Writing for Magazines.” I handed him my paper & before he even read it, he tore it in two, letting both halves lifelessly float to the ground. I’m pretty sure I let out a small, audible gasp. Unfazed, he simply looked at me and said, “First drafts are always sh*t. Let them be sh*t.” 

He went on to explain that, as writers, our best work is never found in our first drafts. First drafts are meant to get all the sh*tty content out–they’re supposed to be messy & extremely hard to write. The blinking cursor on a blank screen is supposed to intimidate you into writing things you wouldn’t normally say. You’re supposed to word vomit all of your paragraphs until you don’t know what your initial point was. Sure, there are a few sentences here and there that aren’t complete garbage, but overall first drafts aren’t your best…and that’s okay. Because the real fun begins in the re-writing, editing, second (and third and fourth) drafts. That’s where writers actually write their best work.

The first year out of college is kind of like your first draft. Aka, it’s kinda sh*t (for the most part).

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