Studying can be difficult, no matter what semester it is. We know that you can have something due by the end of the week, but all of the fun distractions can become tempting. Reading textbooks and doing homework doesn’t sound as appealing as having fun with friends around town. Whatever the case may be, we know there are plenty of distractions that can hinder your educational performance. Follow these tips below to make your college years a little easier to deal with.

Always Be Prepared

Everyone who wants to be successful should always be prepared. Make sure you have a good computer that will last you for the rest of your college career. You should also be ready to take notes on paper or digitally if that’s ever the case. We suggest you try to take notes on a note-taking app just to keep things a bit organized.

Here’s a quick list of other all the things you may need to study:

  • Chargers
  • Computer
  • Good Desk
  • Hard-Working Mentality
  • Paper/Sticky Notes
  • Pencil/Pen

Healthy Habits for the Brain

Being healthy should always be your top priority. Not only will it help you look good, it will also help your brain’s performance. For those of you who are wondering if you’re on track for being healthy, take a look at our quick checklist:

  • Sleep — Try to get at least eight hours of rest every night. In addition to the rest, drink a cup of water before and keep your body hydrated!
  • Food — When it comes to eating properly, try to stay away from overeating and undereating. Stay away from candy and having too much sugar! It might taste good, but sugary foods don’t help your brain too much.
  • Exercise — Try to stay active. This can help you prevent anxiety from taking over, and it can also help your brain with memory.

Find a Tutor

If studying by yourself isn’t your thing, go into any of USC’s learning centers and find a tutor. The University of South Carolina does a great job of hiring great tutors. They are always friendly and try their best to make sure you earn the best grade possible. So, next time you’re struggling with math, chemistry,  physics, biology, modern languages, reading. writing, or stats, sign yourself up for tutoring. Take advantage of the free tools that USC provides to succeed!

Study with Another Student

If you want to have a little fun while studying, make some friends in class and set up a study date. Trust us, most of the students passing that class that everyone is struggling with have a study partner. Just do yourself a favor and pair up with a classmate. It will save you from a bunch of stress and quiet times. Studying with a friend also helps you pick up on the stuff you missed during the lecture. Maybe you and your friends can also come up with the perfect study method that will guarantee your success.

Your friends will always take notes and study differently. Just pay close attention to what they are doing and help each other out. Correct one another’s mistakes and come up with the life-saving solution. Just don’t wait until the end of the semester comes near to start studying.

Try Some Music

Try listening to some music when you study and relate it to what you’re learning about. That way, when you run into some trouble during your tests, you can find everything easier to remember. Try to study with a specific playlist that you like and you’ll see a difference pretty soon.

Google It

It’s the 21st century, and search engines are very useful tools for college students. Google can bail you out if you ever run into some trouble late at night or have no other resort to depend on. You can always find free tutorial videos or crucial study guides online. You just don’t ever know when your tutor or even the professor will forget the information you need. We know, you might be thinking that can never happen, but it does. That’s when Google becomes everyone’s best ally. Don’t be afraid to use Google; it’s always better to ask and learn than to never ask at all.

Rest Your Mind

One of the most important habits to incorporate into your studies is rest. After dedicating long hours to your studies, you’ll more than likely be feeling tired and lazy. Do yourself a favor and take the rest your brain deserves.

You don’t have to fall asleep when we say rest. You can easily watch a movie, have fun, or do anything you’d like to. Just try to not spend too much time studying and more time enjoying your college experience. This is the healthiest and best thing you can do for yourself. So, try to give yourself a day or two out of every week to enjoy your social life. College is supposed to be fun and memorable — just make sure to make the most of it.


No matter how you study, don’t ever give up! That’s not the USC way. We know that each and every one of you has a bright future ahead. We also know that you’ll make it through all the way and make everyone proud. Keep on studying, and feel free to share how you get prepared for finals!