Creating an effective study routine is one of the hardest challenges as a student, but it is also one of the most rewarding. Here are five tips that can help keep you organized and prepared while studying.

1) Time-management

If you have a deadline looming, looking at how you spend your time on days when you don’t have a lot of work lets you know what your habits are before you start studying. For example, you realize that you need a couple of hours off every day regardless of what your schedule is. Then, when you have something that absolutely must be done by a certain day, you can factor in that couple of hours consistently, no matter what develops. It’s a small consideration that contributes much to your sense of well-being and preparation over time.

2) Networking

Taking advantage of the one-on-one attention that the Academy of Learning Career College has to offer can help you in your study routine, since an instructor can show you how to develop ‘real world’ applications to your coursework. Your healthcare assistant course instructor, for example, can work with you to simulate a workplace situation that you’ll be able to vividly recall when your independent studying begins. You can also share the instructor’s example with other students and create a study group to go over any questions that arise.

3) Preparation Materials

Divide your material into categories for easy access, adding colour coding to keep your mind focused as you go over the information. The colour red could correspond to accounting training, blue could be healthcare, and yellow could be hotel management tailoring, and from there, you could create more categories to suit your needs.

4) Visuals

When dealing with data and figures in accounting, you may also find it useful to prepare some simple graphics and charts that you can absorb as a quick reminder of the terms you need to be familiar with from your courses.

5) Memory games

Why not create some acronyms out of the terms related to your field of study, such as hotel management tailoring (HMT), and place them on flash cards? Once you’ve done the bulk of your studying, you can review those cards on your way to campus right before the exam.

With your next exam or deadline, consider these five study skills as a potential life-saver in creating a routine that will serve you through all your time at AOL AB.