School Prep: Study Tips for Adults

Reminders that can help adult students succeed in their studies!

A new school season has arrived and students have been preparing by buying new supplies, purchasing textbooks, and planning out their new schedules. If this is your first time back at school in a long time, then some of the patterns may seem familiar. However, there may be some routines in which you need to freshen up.

If you’re entering a career training program and want to do your best right away, one way to plan ahead is to study. Salter Nursing offers studying reminders for adult students who need to get back in the swing of school.

Tip #1: Plan out your study sessions

A students’ responsibilities are to keep up with their homework and lesson plans. Make time for 2-3 hours of studying when necessary. Dedicate yourself to this routine so you can complete your homework on time. Creating a schedule can also give you the time to notice which material you may have trouble learning which helps you from falling too far behind. You can use a calendar or planner to prioritize your homework and deadlines.

Tip #2: Create a study space

Problems with time management and concentration are often issues with students in the modern technology era. Find or maintain a study area where you can focus easier. Your study location should be quiet and somewhat private so you don’t get distracted by leisure activities or family members. The library or coffee shop might work for you. Try changing up locations to see which spot would be best. Remember to turn off your cell phone so you don’t get constant notifications. Just make sure your spot provides enough light and comfort. When you find a quiet study spot, you’ll realize that you can become more focused and diligent!

Tip #3: Organization can save you time!

Organization helps you stay productive and keeps you from becoming stressed out. Arrange your notebook and binder so you can easily find your coursework. You may want to use color-coded folders, post-its, or dividers for each course. Dating your assignments in chronological order can help you find specific notes during your study hours. Designate specific locations for each class and each book so you can get into the habit of knowing where each assignment is located. Daily planners and calendars can help you remember due dates and when to start studying for a test. You’ll feel less rushed and responsible when everything is in the right place.

Tip #4: Create a study routine

Every student uses different study routines and techniques that work specifically for them. Want to find which study techniques works best for you? Try changing up the way you study. Here are some popular techniques student find useful:

  • Creating flashcards
  • Highlighting the most important notes
  • Rewriting your notes for improved memorization
  • Reading out loud
  • Creating visual aids like graphs or timelines
  • Reviewing Quizlet flashcards
  • Asking friends or classmates to study with you

Tip #5: Ask for assistance when needed

If you’re having trouble learning your study material, remember to ask for help. Everyone needs help now and again, so don’t feel shy. Asking for clarification can help you understand the material much better. Your teachers are there to help you learn. If you think you need more practice, take advantage of tutoring opportunities and study sessions with classmates.

Bonus Tip: Take a Study Break!

Study breaks help the brain rest and process information. Studies show that when you take 10 minute breaks between 20-50 minutes study sessions, your mind can improve its memorization of the study material. A break will help you refocus and feel more energized once you start studying again.

These adult study tips can help students become more disciplined and productive in their studies. When you focus on your studies, you may be surprised at how much improvement and promise you may show in your chosen career path. We wish you good luck with your new courses this fall!


Salter Nursing is proud to offer student tips in its weekly blog. We offer three healthcare training programs at its campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. Contact us today for more information!

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