Studying at Florida State University can be difficult, no matter what semester it is. We know that you can have something due by the end of the week, but the Florida fun can become tempting. Reading textbooks and doing homework doesn’t sound as appealing as having fun at Lake Jackson. Even if the lake isn’t your thing, you might be tempted to go out and run in the park or eat out in Tallahassee. Whatever the case may be, we know there are plenty of distractions that can hinder your educational performance. We want all of our local FSU students to earn their college degree and do it the best way possible. So, how are you supposed to pass every class with flying colors.
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:
- Good Desk
- Hard-Working Mentality
- Paper/Sticky Notes
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 in Tallahassee. This can help you prevent anxiety from taking over, and it can also help your brain with memory. You can also head on over to the Leach Recreation Center and find out what fitness programs there are for you.
Find the Perfect Study Spot On Campus
No matter what some people may think, everybody is different. Some college students don’t mind noise, and some might need complete peace to study. Whether you want some noise or some peace, FSU has some great spots for you to choose from on campus. We suggest that you try out each of the following spots before sticking to one:
- Robert Manning Strozier Library
- Dirac Science Library
- Claude Pepper Library
- College of Music/Warren D. Allen Music Library
- College of Communication and Information Harold Goldstein Library
- College of Law Research Center
- College of Medicine Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library
- FAMU-FSU Engineering Library
You are able to reserve a study room at these locations. The good news for you is that there are always open rooms for you to book online before finals week. That’s when the study rooms can get packed, giving you a reason to be proactive when it comes to reserving a good spot.
You are always welcome to study anywhere off campus. You can visit the public library in town, a local coffee shop, go to a park, or stay at home. We just want you to feel comfortable and concentrated on your work. Just make sure you pick a distraction-free zone if you study off campus.
If you don’t have a clue where you can study, feel free to choose from the following list:
- Florida A&M University Libraries
- Leon County Public Library
- State Library of Florida
- Tallahassee Community College Library
- Barnes & Noble
There are also more local coffee shops and spots in the Tallahassee area that are perfect for studying.
Find a Tutor
If studying by yourself isn’t your thing, go into any of FSU’s learning centers and find a tutor. Florida State University does a great job at 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 FSU provides to succeed!
If you’re on campus and want to find a tutor, just head over to the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). You can walk in or set up an appointment with one of their tutors. Just make sure you are up to date with the center’s hours!
Study with Another ’Nole
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 lifesaving 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.
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 to 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 FSU way. We know that each and every one of you have 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!