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Study rhythms and habits

Biological rhythm is the key phrase here: You know yourself better than anyone, you certainly took numerous tests at school, and you probably know precisely, at what times of the day and in which environments you can study most effectively.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? If you normally wake up early, there’s no point in studying in the evening or pulling an all-nighter right before finals. For you, it probably makes more sense to get up an hour or two earlier during the most stressful study periods. For night owls, the opposite applies: Staying up later a few nights to get your studying done is probably the best strategy for you. Of course, to keep so-called “binge studying” to a minimum, it’s best to start preparing for your exams in plenty of time without any time pressure.

Does background noise bother you while studying? Do you need absolute quiet to be able to concentrate? In that case, it’s probably best for you to study in your own room or in another quiet place (e.g. the quiet zones for independent study on campus). Trying to study in the study zones of the Teaching Center building is not the best choice for you. Campus WU has over 3,000 different student work stations for independent studying. Click here to find out more.