Meet the Consultants

Meet each of our study consultants and get a unique study tip.

Sri Akula

Class of: 2022, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Planning out all my activities and work in my Google Calendar

Melanie Alfonzo

Class of: 2022, Biophysics

Use a daily journal containing a list of things to do, exercise, self care, and anything else you'd want to do. Not only do you ensure you're keeping up with your academic tasks and well being, but you can feel a sense of accomplishment when you get to mark off something as complete!

Shivanie Ally

Class of: 2023, Electrical Engineering

In order to tell if I truly grasp the material or if I only understand it on a surface level, I would, after going to lectures and taking notes, revisit the material and see if I can construct the information into a way someone not taking the class (and with no prior knowledge of the material) could understand what I’m talking about. This is really important as it’s a good way of picking apart your understanding and could help pin point concepts and ideas that may be confusing you.

Emmanuel Angomas

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

I find that manually writing notes--as opposed to typing them--is a great way to retain more course content and reduce review time when it comes to studying for an exam. Using a pen and paper for note-taking takes longer, which means I'm more engaged with the content I'm learning.

Adyant Balaji

Class of: 2022, Computer Engineering, Cognitive Science

Explaining concepts to others in a usually helps me understand better. I try to learn it once and explain it to others, asking them to correct me along the way!

Becca Barer

Class of: 2023, Writing Seminars

My best practice for academic success is to have and consistently use a planner to keep track of assignments, tests, and social activities. It is really important to be able to see everything you need to get done for a week so you can prioritize tasks and manage your school work with your personal life.

Maeve Barker

Class of: 2023, Public Health

My best piece of advice for academic success is to put everything in a calendar to keep your life organized.

Rebekah Berhane

Class of: 2023, Molecular and Cellular Biology

My favorite strategy is switching study locations every few hours. If you're someone who gets distracted or too comfortable in your study space, switching environments can help keep you focused and engaged in your work.

Abby Birk

Class of: 2022, Public Health Studies

My favorite strategy for promoting academic success is to make a to-do list for each week on Sundays so that I know what I have to do on each day of the week and can plan my schedule accordingly.

Devanik Biswas

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

Always ask two questions: Why? How?

Carlos Buri-Nagua

Class of: 2022, Public Health

Before studying, prepare your study space! Make sure you have all your materials needed to study, as well as some water, tea, or coffee!

Justin Chan

Class of: 2023, PHS

When you're low on willpower, remove your options. Take away your choices. What remains in front of you will be the only thing left to focus on!

Hannah Collins-Doijode

Class of: 2023, Medicine, Science, and the Humanities

Make a schedule and plan when to study for/work on what! I like to use Google Calendar. You can make events for when all your exams and important assignments are due and set notifications to remind you to work on them ahead of time. Making a study schedule can help you not get too overwhelmed. Remember to schedule in time for breaks!

Maggie Cook

Class of: 2023, Public Health

Start each semester off by adding important due dates into one calendar and plan to study at least a week in advance for each test!

Ria Datwani

Class of: 2023, Molecular and Cellular Biology

If you keep forgetting to check your planner or find it tedious to update it, utilize Sticky Notes on your laptop! Add one note for each course and list tasks and upcoming deadlines (even Zoom links!) so that it's always right in front of you.

Tina De Jong

Class of: 2023, Materials Science & Engineering

My best piece of study advice: what works for everyone else might not work for you, and that's okay - take the time to figure out what kind of studying works best for you!

Alexis Diaz

Class of: 2023, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Advocating for yourself is one of the best skills you can learn. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help, especially from your professors. Showing interest in your success speaks volumes and shows your professors that you are trying to play an active role in your outcome. It's important to be able to get the support you need, for any aspect of academic life.

Jeff Ding

Class of: 2022, Public Health

Plan for the week, not for the minute!

Georgia Esmond

Class of: 2022, Public Health Studies

Schedule out your week and get into a routine. Make use of TA’s, professors and friends in the class. Don’t forget to block off free time for yourself!

Amanda Fernandes

Class of: 2022, Electrical Engineering

Take study breaks when you need them and allow yourself time to unwind!

Liv Fox

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

My favorite strategy is to write out to-do lists at the end of each day to plan what I want to achieve for the next day.

Amara Gammon

Class of: 2023, Molecular and Cellular Biology

As you go through class material, try to compile important information (like equations or specific concepts) so that you aren't scrambling to make a study guide right before the exam!

Martina Gjyzari

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

Keep your brain engaged. You can achieve this by alternating between subjects/tasks or scheduling breaks. This will help you study longer and be more attentive to what you are studying.

Ciara Henry

Class of: 2022, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Go to office hours!

Ariamna Herrera Miret

Class of: 2023, Molecular and Cellular Biology

My best piece of study advice would be to plan how you want your study session to look. Whether you decide to create a to-do list, eisenhower matrix, or hourly schedule I highly suggest having a written plan so you can pace yourself and prioritize your tasks.

Peter Huang

Class of: 2023, International Studies

Failure is the mother of success: Mistakes are ok - as long as you learn from them.

Elizabeth Im

Class of: 2022, Cognitive Science and English

Don’t be afraid to put your phone (far) away from you! It might be too late when you hear the ‘ding’ of your text arriving. You’d be wondering what it could be, your focus drifting away. It sounds easy to do but it can be daunting to leave your phone in your room when you […]

Arieana Johnson

Class of: 2023, Chemistry

Try not to panic when overwhelmed with your workload, it’s completely natural. Instead, try to treat each larger task as smaller and more manageable ones, and take frequent breaks to calm you. Just remember that everyday is bringing you closer to your goals, so don’t give up!

Ananya Kalahasti

Class of: 2021, International Studies & Public Health

Plan out your breaks! Whether it’s planning when you’ll take them, how long they’ll be, or what you’re going to do during them (watching TV, cooking, napping), it’s helpful to be able to visualize breaks and commit yourself to taking them so you don’t feel stressed or overloaded by other commitments

Daniel Kang

Class of: 2022, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Make sure to read up on the syllabus for each and every class to begin planning out your semester as soon as possible!

Mansha Kapur

Class of: 2023, Physics

Always remember that learning experiences are individual! If something works for your friend, it might not work for you. Taking the time to understand yourself and how you learn will help you find your optimal working style. Seek inspiration from others, but be forgiving to yourself if something doesn't work out or you need more time.

Nicholas Kim

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

Try to make a specific list of things you have to do today or this week to help stay more organized. Also, find out what study environment fits you best (whether it's completely quiet, soft background music/noise, lots of light, open space, etc.)!

Ashley Koenig

Class of: 2023, BME

Your peers are one of the best resources available, so find some study buddies! Not only can you help each other learn, having a friend around makes studying a lot more fun.

John Krill

Class of: 2023, Psychology

Always take every opportunity you can to collaborate with your peers! The more minds that work through problems, the more effective the group will be at solving them!

Katherine Lager

Class of: 2022, ChemBE

Remember you’re not alone. You can always reach out to professors, teaching assistants, or classmates when you need help.

Angel Lee

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

Organize your classes and activities! Hopkins can become overwhelming and sorting things help you keep on top of things.

Darren Lu

Class of: 2023, MCB

Remember that your mental game and physical health are as important as your ability to remember and recite information during a test. Taking breaks by going out for a walk or doing a work out is a great way to clear your mind and to feel more energized after an intense study session.

Molly Ma

Class of: 2022, Chemistry and Behavioral Biology

Write down three top priority tasks each day. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by everything that you have going on, so identifying three things to do can help you stay focused during the day. Select tasks by upcoming dates , something you will enjoy completing, or reminders for self-care. Make the tasks manageable […]

Zaida McClinton

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

Create a plan early that sets out a time to study and finish assignments so that you are able to take breaks in between. This will increase the overall amount of work you are able to accomplish instead of trying to continuously do work for really long periods of time. Most importantly don't be afraid to ask for help for anything even if you think it may be small or your could figure it out on your own eventually. There are other people currently going through or have gone through whatever you are experiencing so there is no need to struggle alone. There are a ton of people around you more than willing to help or work on a problem with you so don't be afraid to just ask.

Andy Mejia

Class of: 2023, International Studies

Organizing how you rest is just as important as organizing how you study. Having well-planned breaks and a consistent sleep schedule will allow you to work faster and more efficiently.

Shaf Meraj

Class of: 2023, Public Health Studies

Plan ahead, organize your schedule, get some sleep, and rinse and repeat. Planning your schedule at the start of the week with a day-to-day checklist will make sure you account for all upcoming due dates, meetings, and any unexpected events. Organizing your daily activities in a checklist and checking them off as you complete them will give you an added sense of productivity and accomplishment and keep you from feeling overwhelmed. As hard as it may sound, getting a solid night’s sleep also setting aside time to relax will keep you from burning yourself out.

Ami Mistri

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

Plan your schedule and what you want to accomplish each day ahead of time or in the morning! Having a checklist of what you want to get done and checking each off throughout the day is a great way to stay on track as well as visualize all that you’re accomplishing.

Riley Mitchell

Class of: 2023, Public Health Studies

Plan your time in advanced and get into a routine. When studying, try to minimize distractions and know when to take breaks. Learn what works for you and be willing to try new strategies. Most importantly, prioritize your health and wellness!

Johnson Moran

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

My best piece of study advice is to make a schedule of what needs to be done. Whether it is assignments or just studying, plan out how and when you will do those things. Then when it is time to do those things do them in a place free from distraction to make sure that you can work as efficiently as possible.

Tanvi Narvekar

Class of: 2023, Neuroscience

Give yourself a lot of time for study sessions with breaks! With more time, I can review the material better instead of rushing and overwhelming myself. I like using the Pomodoro Method (25 minutes of studying followed by a 5 minute break and longer breaks after more study sessions) for a balance.

Udochukwu Nwosu

Class of: 2023, Mathematics

Rewriting condensed versions of notes after class can be a good way to both retain the new information and discover areas of confusion!

Bridget O’Leary

Class of: 2022, Writing Seminars

Taking care of yourself and your body really helps improve academic performance. Making sure to attend to your physical, mental, and spiritual health gives you the focus and energy you need to succeed in the classroom. It's really hard to do well when you're exhausted from lack of sleep or burnt out from spending too much time studying without a break, so make sure to take a step back, let yourself rest, and recharge a bit when you need to!

Jonah Offman

Class of: 2022, Engineering Management (MS), Mechanical Engineering Track

Collect all your syllabi at the beginning of the semester and put all due dates (even weekly homework or reading) into a calendar or planner. It's really helpful to avoid assignments sneaking up on you and making sure you can plan your work schedule effectively!

Mohan Peddada

Class of: 2023, BME

Consistent amounts of studying each day for a subject instead of cramming it into a few days. This allows for consolidation into long term memory rather than short term memory.

Janet Phillip

Class of: 2022, Molecular and Cellular Biology

I love to set aside time on Sunday to write out all of my assignments and meetings for the week and plan out what days would be best to complete them!

Shajae Pinnock

Class of: 2023, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Schedule study time into your weekly schedule as you would for any mandatory class. This will help you to develop a regular habit of studying throughout the semester instead of just before midterms and finals.

Srinidhi Polkampally

Class of: 2022, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Form a support system! You are not the only one who finds the course material challenging. There are likely others who are facing the same hurdles. It helps to attend office hours together, ask questions, and explain concepts to each other!

Justine Prince

Class of: 2023, Anthropology

Whether it be a to-do list of assignments or the first draft of a paper, putting things in your own handwriting certainly helps in organizing your thoughts. Also, rather than set big goals, start with smaller ones. Little changes lead to big results!

Molly Reich

Class of: 2023, Public Health Studies

Make sure that you are taking breaks! Even if it is just for five minutes to get up, take a stretch and grab a snack or some water, taking a moment to reset your brain will help you in the long run.

Estelle Richardson

Class of: 2023, Psychology

Make a to do list every day that includes what assignments you would like to complete and their respective due dates in order to say productive.

Romina Rojas

Class of: 2023, Biophysics

My best piece of advice is to start off the semester strong! At the beginning of each semester, I like to use the first few weeks to really get accustomed to my new classes and start developing a weekly schedule for readings, assignments, and extracurriculars that I can sustain for the entire semester. By doing this, you're able to get into a good academic rhythm early on, which can help make midterm season more manageable!

Alyssa Saunders

Class of: 2023, Sociology

Don't feel pressured to make your notes/organization method pretty; do what works, aesthetic or not!

Ryann Schutt

Class of: 2022, Sociology and International Studies

When you are feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, give yourself grace! I find perspective and energy in the moments where I slow down and take breaths.

Ege Seyithanoglu

Class of: 2023, Computer Science

Understanding how to properly rest, both physically and mentally, is perhaps as crucial for academic success as studying. A well-rested student will always find the strength within themselves to reach new heights.

Chiti Shah

Class of: 2022, Public Health Studies

My best piece of study advice is to refrain from procrastination. I recommend creating a list of priorities for each day of the week. This helps organize your tasks to reduce stress!

Ashley Sharma

Class of: 2022, Neuroscience

Set short-term goals for yourself! It can be overwhelming to study for a midterm, begin a project, or start a paper. However, these larger tasks can become more manageable when broken up into smaller parts.

Ashley Shay

Class of: 2023, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Keep track of due dates with a calendar so you can see what to prioritize for the day!

Shani Snow

Class of: 2023, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Use a calendar or planner to help with planning out your assignments and activities each week. This way, when exams roll around, it will be easier to find a balance between dedicating time to studying for the exams and all of your other commitments. Be sure to also set aside time each week to take advantage of resources such as office hours, PILOT, Learning Den, Study Consulting, etc.!

Janey Song

Class of: 2023, Public Health Studies

Make a good use of your planner to keep track of your assignments and make a priority list-- it helps you visually see what you should tackle first so that you can plan your day and place plenty of breaks in between. Crossing them off after completing it feels amazing too!

Carly Steinlauf

Class of: 2023, Public Health Studies

My best study advice is to use your time wisely and stay organized. Do not wait until the day before a test or assignment to start preparing. Preparation is key to success.

Aashna Sundesha

Class of: 2020, Psychology and Writing Seminars

Separating your work and chill environments really helps you get in the zone when you sit to study. Even if the separation is within your room, so that you study on your desk and watch Netflix in your bed, don’t mix the two!

Ashley Tyburski

Class of: 2022, Biophysics

My favorite strategy is working ahead early in the week so when deadlines approach you aren't scrambling to finish assignments.

Siena Urbanski

Class of: 2023, Chemistry

Manage your time wisely. Start hard assignments early so you don't run out of time to complete them than closer to the deadline.

Michael Wakeman

Class of: 2023, Public Health Studies

A routine is the bedrock of academic success; help yourself out and plan early.

Suyang Wang

Class of: 2022, Chemical & Biomolecular Eng

Cramming the night before a test should not be your go-to study strategy. Rather, give yourself enough time, a few days or even a week, to prepare for it. Learning is a marathon, not a sprint.

Julia Wang

Class of: 2022, International Studies

Plan ahead to stay on top of things and don't forget to block off free time for yourself! A good work-life balance is so important, and can be a source of motivation to stay productive throughout the day.

Norah Wilson

Class of: 2022, Chemistry

All the opportunities in college can seem overwhelming at first, but you can balance a lot more than you think! The key is to build a plan that works for YOU and not compare yourself to others; everyone learns and improves differently!

Olivia Wu

Class of: 2023, Computer Science

Everyone has their own pace in achieving their goals. Find yours and don't forget to make progress one step at a time!

Xidan Xu

Class of: 2023, Mathematics

Make plans before making moves!

Ivy Xun

Class of: 2023, International Studies

Taylor Young

Class of: 2023, Cognitive Science

Checking in with yourself is one of the best things that you can do on your path to success. We tend to place complete focus on our goal, whether academic or otherwise and forget that we need to take care of ourselves in order to reach that point. So, don’t be afraid to do some check-ins with yourself from time to time to see how you’re doing. Whether it’s recognizing you have a busy week coming up and planning accordingly, or simply seeing if you need to devote more time to yourself this weekend, taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of your future.

Fateha Zannath

Class of: 2023, Public Health Studies

Making a weekly to-do list that organizes task based on academics, chores, and errands!

Jeni Zhang

Class of: 2023, Molecular and Cellular Biology

If you felt you have studied the best you can on an exam, but still didn't get a grade that you want. You should definitely go to the TA office hour and go through the whole exam with them to see how you could study and improve for the next upcoming exam.

Jack Zhang

Class of: 2023, Computer Science

Break big tasks into smaller ones. When preparing for important exams or planning for expansive projects, it is a good idea to make a priority list of items that need to be completed. Next, turn this list into a sequence of milestones and schedule to accomplish these milestones on different days. Things will become clearer and more manageable in this way. This method always allows me to review a semester's course materials quickly without feeling overwhelmed or burned out.