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Tips for Sticking to a Routine in College & What has Worked for Me 

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WSU chapter.

The transition from high school to college brings about a whirlwind of changes, and one of the most crucial aspects of navigating this new phase is establishing and sticking to a routine. To make the most of this experience, it’s essential to adopt a well-structured routine that not only helps you manage your academic commitments but also allows you to thrive personally and socially. Today, I am going to share some insights on how to craft an effective college routine based on what has personally worked for me. 

Understanding your natural body clock is the cornerstone of building an effective routine. Some people are early risers, while others are more productive during late hours. Pay attention to when you feel most alert or focused and try to schedule your study sessions during those times. Personally, I found that my energy levels peak in the afternoon, so I dedicated those hours to tackling challenging coursework and engaging in focused study sessions. 

While routines provide structure, it’s crucial to maintain flexibility. College life is unpredictable, and unexpected events may arise. Embrace the idea that your routine may need to adapt occasionally. Strive for a balance between academic pursuits, extracurricular activities, and personal downtime. Overloading your schedule can lead to burnout, so remember to allocate time for relaxation and pursuing hobbies that bring you joy. 

Developing effective study habits is paramount in college. Identify your preferred study environment – whether it’s a quiet library, a cozy corner in your dorm room, or a bustling coffee shop. Personally, I learned that a mix of techniques kept me engaged and improved my retention of information. Specifically, studying in the campus library or any academic building is when I felt most productive. 

Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your routine. Are you meeting your goals? Are there areas where you could improve? Reflect on your achievements and challenges, and don’t be afraid to tweak your routine as needed. College is a time of personal growth, and your routine should evolve alongside your changing needs and aspirations. 

Crafting a routine that aligns with your unique needs and preferences is a journey that requires self-awareness, discipline, and adaptability. By recognizing your natural rhythms, prioritizing time management, maintaining balance, creating effective study habits, seeking accountability, and staying open to adaptation, you can navigate college life with confidence and achieve your academic and personal goals. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, so experiment, learn, and make your routine a tool that empowers you to excel in all facets of your college experience. 

Leila Horstmeyer is a fellow writer at Her Campus for the Washington State University chapter. She enjoys writing and learning all topics! Additionally, she is passionate about working alongside with the Her Campus team to produce fascinating articles. Beyond Her Campus, Leila is a sophomore at WSU and is a Data Analytics major with a concentration of Life Sciences. She works for the Student Financial Services where she helps answer phone calls and questions for students, parents, and future students as well. Leila is also a member of Chi Omega at Washington State University. In her free time, Leila enjoys playing tennis, skiing, and hiking. She is a country music lover and is an avid Grey Anatomy aficionado. She hopes to travel to more in her free time as well.