Consultant Alice


“Study without distractions! Feel free to check your texts/Facebook/Twitter/etc. during designated breaks, but don’t do it when you are in the middle of trying to learn.”

Alan Cham


“Try to stay fed and watered! The study time saved by a skipped meal may not be worth the distraction of being hungry.”


“Make studying something that is fun yet needs hard work, like playing a musical instrument!”


“Plan out what you’re going to do that day, specifically, and write it down. It seems simple but it helps a lot with organizing your time, and staying productive.”


“Analogies for abstract scientific concepts is my strength. Enjoying the subject is more critical than memorizing the facts.”


“Use a weekly planner to prioritize your tasks, projects, and homework!”


“A combination of repetition and understanding helps engrave newly learned material into your long-term memory. In addition, it gives you the flexibility to apply your knowledge to unfamiliar problems.”

Carrie Mok


“Drawing diagrams and making flowcharts are a helpful way to learn, connect, and master a topic.”

Chelsea Zou


“It’s important to plan ahead so you can meet your academic and social obligations.”

David Williams


“Build habits that prioritize studying – There is research to suggest that exercising self-control can drain us as the day goes on. This might make it challenging to make the decision to study each night. With the right habits, the decision is already partially made once the habit is in place.”


“Whenever you are studying, time yourself. You’ll realize how much time you spend studying and how much time you spend ‘studying’.”


“Be organized and stay ahead of your work.”

Elizabeth Glass


“Instead of staying up late to finish that last assignment, go to sleep and do it in the morning! You will be well rested and more energetic!”



“Don’t try to do all your studying the night before the test. Instead, review class materials at least several times a week, focusing on one topic at a time.”

Gabriella Russo


“Always outline the major concepts first and add in the details later. This will also help you determine how much time you need to devote to studying.”

Giselle Lai


“Plan and start early; ask about what is expected in a course.”



“‘The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.’ – Thomas Edison”

Isaac Kim


“Plan your week in advance.”

Isabel Nair


“Make a to-do list and break down exactly what you are going to study each day.”


“Do everything as soon as you know about it. if you can finish something in less than 30 minutes, do it now.”


“Find one subject to work on at a time; work as hard as possible for 25 minutes with a timer…then take a 5 minute break!”


“Be as active as you can in every aspect of the class.”

Kathryn Rees


“Integrate exercise into your study schedule. Take a short break and walk around campus. It will boost your energy and help you focus when you return to studying.”

Kara McDonough


“Annotate while you read, and write down the main ideas after long passages. You’ll be glad you did when you can refer back to them later in lecture or before an exam!”


“Always add exam schedules into planner during syllabus week. Gives you time in advance to plan a strategy for studying and keeps you organized in school work and other activities.”


“Plan out which lectures/chapters to cover each day before a test. If you can’t get through the whole list in one day, remember something is always better than nothing!”


“It’s not about how many hours you study but how effective those hours are.”

Lauren Blachowiak


“Don’t try to do all your studying the night before the test. Instead, review class materials at least several times a week, focusing on one topic at a time!”

Liam Haviv


“Make lots of mistakes- but never make the same mistake twice.”


“Stay organized and keep a to-do list.”


“When completing textbook reading assignments, always read with a pen/highlighter in your hand – it keeps you focused on the task you are doing and also more apt to write and/or highlight important material.”


“Try to teach a concept to a friend. It will help you develop a deeper understanding.”

Matthew Miyamoto


“Review each day’s material before and after lecture to get the most out of your classes.”

Michael Wu

Michael W.

“Follow the 50/10 rule (50 minute study session, 10 minutes break). Get a perfect 10!”

Michelle Chyn


“Find an outlet for stress relief- for example, I play in the symphony orchestra.”

Nava Rastegar


“Find a study buddy ASAP!”

Nicolette Roque


“I like to write down all of my notes in great detail and color-cide them before an exam because I’m a visual learner. It’s my own study guide that I review before the midterms and the final.”

Pamela Saavedra


“Try changing location when you study. Your brain actually becomes more plastic when you change your surroundings, causing you to remember more information.”


“It’s OK to have trouble in a class, make sure you talk to your peers, TA or professor for advice and support.”


“Make a checklist. Whenever you finish something, cross it off! It gives you a sense of accomplishment.”


“Make a schedule for what you need to do but be flexible for when things change.”


“Write everything out! More than once if you have to. You’ll look like you’re writing out incantations, but it will be worth it once you have it memorized!”


“Physically rewrite material you’re struggling to remember in order to commit it to memory.”


“Keep running to-do lists, and write everything down as you go.”


“Go to office hours. Find a good study group and work together every week.”


“Get lots of sleep; don’t cram the night before the exam; get on a steady daily study schedule.”


“Motivate yourself to learn the material rather than just aiming for an A. The grade will figure itself out.”


“Know your strengths and weaknesses; study in the way that best suits you.”