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How to Excel in College with Powerful Study Habits

A 20 years old couple student studying.


Author: Edward S. Brown, M.S.


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Establishing effective studying habits are as much about navigating distractions as it is about retaining information. Most people fail in college because they lack the self-discipline to ward off internal and external distractions. By understanding how to create the ideal academic environment for college success, you become more aware and in control over your plans for life.



Begin becoming more focused and self-disciplined by creating your best academic environment for studying. Most education takes place outside of the classroom, which means that your best work will come from what you develop on your own.

FACT: According to psychologists, the mind can only focus effectively on one thing at a time. And that dominate thought is what is manifested.

As you are studying for a test, a friend knocks on your door for you all to get something to eat. You had already planned to stay in for the night to ensure a good grade on the test. You share your intent with your friend who insists that it won’t take long. You agree, since you were already a little hungry. As you all are returning from the cafeteria, another mutual friend invites you all to a small social gathering on campus. You tell both friends that you have to get back to your studying and can’t make it tonight. They jokingly needle you for being a “lame,” in not taking advantage of the college life. After all, you only live once. You quickly make a mental calculation of how much studying you’ve done thus far and how much you still have to do. You say to your friends, “Okay, I can only stay for an hour, because I have a test tomorrow.” What began as a quick meal turned into a night filled with social activities. This is part of the social dangers you have to contend with in college.

The learning objectives for How to Excel in College with Powerful Study Habits are:

  • Identifying your personal learning style
  • Creating your ideal studying environment
  • Working individually or in groups
  • Managing your study time
  • Avoiding internal and external distractions

After this tutorial, you will become more sensitive and aware about your style of learning as well as how to create an ideal studying environment, which means you can:

  • Gain distinction as a budding scholar
  • Demonstrate maturity in making critical academic decisions
  • Handle your newfound freedom responsibly
  • Graduate college within 4 years


The minute you become in control of your environment and the people in it, that’s when you begin appreciating the values taught to you by your parents. All the times you may have thought you were being nagged makes sense now. The world can be a scary place, but with the right tools, you can master any situation. Stay in control and embrace the person you are becoming.