Five Sophomore Tips for Success Here are 5 steps for effective studying: STEP 1: Make time for you. Be sure you set aside some time and activities that help you relax and take the stress out of your day or week. Whether it's enlisting yoga techniques, watching your favorite television shows, or writing in a journal, be good to yourself. STEP 2: Meet with your professors. There are only upsides to getting to know your professors, especially if later in the semester you run into some snags. Professors schedule office hours for the sole purpose of meeting with students -- take advantage of that time. STEP 3: Review class notes after class as soon as possible. Spend 10-15 minutes reviewing your class notes to make sure you understand the course concepts. Reviewing class material shortly after class will also help you retain the information longer. If your notes are confusing or incomplete, take time to re-copy your notes while the information is still fresh in your mind. STEP 4: Use intense study sessions. It is important to find time that you can devote to serious, uninterrupted and focused study. Find a quiet place where you can think clearly without distractions. Spend 3040 minutes of uninterrupted and focused study. Take a 10 minutes break before continuing your study session. Also, develop small study groups early in the quarter. Studying with others is important because you can help each other understand the material better. Remember the Percopo tutoring is available to help YOU out. STEP 5: Find the Career Services Office. Regardless of whether you entered college as undeclared or have your entire future mapped out, seek out the Career Services office and get started on planning, preparing, and acting on your future. Visit the Learning Center and Percopo tutors for tutoring.