Study Tips


While you attend CSUF, we want to give you the best practices for studying to make sure you are well equipped to succeed. Going from high school classes to college courses, you will notice a difference between time spent in class vs amount of work needed to be done outside of class. A rule of thumb is that for every 1 hour in class, you should budget 2 hours for studying. Look at your daily schedule and put these blocks of time on your calendar.


Below you will find useful study tips to help you stay on track through the semester!


Tips for starting off the semester: 

Read your class syllabi very closely. 

Calendar due dates of major assignments in each class.

Find a regular place to study. Make sure it is free of noise and other distractions (e.g. TV, gaming, apps). If your home environment is distracting, consider study options in the library.

Pick a time to study that will make you the most productive. If you are a morning person, study in the morning. If you are a night owl, try study­ing in the evening. 

Create monthly/weekly study schedules. Treat study time as a non-negotiable appointment with yourself.


Things to do weekly / monthly:

Do at least a little bit every day.

Read the required text before class and then scan it again after class. 

Take notes as you read for class. 

Review and rewrite class notes before and after each class. 

Attend tutoring sessions, SI, and office hours. 

Work in study groups, if they are productive for you.

Aim to complete assignments 1-2 days in advance. 

Re-work problems missed on tests. 

Complete additional problems. 

Attend class, participate, ask questions. 

Get help right away. 




You can find more helpful study tips at the University Learning CenterOpens in new window website.

You can also visit our NSM Student Success Center TutoringOpens in new window website for our tutoring schedule.