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Hints on How to Study at Purdue University

How much should I study?

The answer to this question necessarily depends on individual differences, the courses in which you are enrolled, how efficiently you are studying and whether or not you are playing the "catch-up" game (currently behind in a course).

Generally speaking, the faculty at Purdue expects students to study from two to three hours outside of class for every contact hour (all hours you are in class or lab). If this sounds impossible, try to build up to it! You probably have far more time to study than you think you do! It's easiest to study when you have a consistent schedule you can stick to. Check out study plan handouts at Academic Success at Purdue.

Where should I study?

Find the libraries! They are remarkably devoid of soft beds, food, TV, stereos and well-meaning friends who unintentionally interrupt you. There are libraries in almost every major building on campus - conveniently located close to both your last class and your next class.  Some other suggestions for study areas:

  • Fountains:  When the weather is nice, some students enjoy studying outdoors. The Engineering Fountain, located near Hovde Hall and Beering Hall’s Loeb Fountain are two popular areas.

  • College of Science buildings: Many of the buildings associated with the College of Science have individualized resources and study areas. 

  • Residence Halls: If you want to stay in your residence hall to study but want to get out of your room, check out the lobbies and study areas in your residence hall.

When should I study?

Unlike a normal high school study pattern, you must utilize the daytime hours between your classes, in addition to several hours in the evenings and on weekends.

General Guidelines:

  1. Develop a sound study schedule, which includes your free daytime hours. Determine WHEN you will study each day of the week; do not try to determine what you will study too far in advance. This decision must be determined by the pressures of that particular period.

  2. Plan and work ahead. Allow yourself cushions of time to take care of unexpectedly long or difficult assignments.

  3. Maintain good health habits. Eat and sleep regularly. Allow for at least one hour of recreation each weekday, preferably before or after your evening meal.

  4. Seek academic help when you need it. Ask your advisor for specific help in this area. Keep a list of instructor and TA office hours for each course and use them.


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