My University STUDY ROUTINE | How I Study (Tips + Advice)


Hi guys, and welcome back to Caitlin’s
Corner! Yeah, we’re shimmying because why not?! 😛
Many of you told me in the comments of a few of my videos that you’re already
back to school, which is just so upsetting…I’m so sorry for you…I go back
in a few weeks so I will be in the same boat very soon! But because many of you
are already in school mode I thought it’d be helpful to share with you some
of my study tips! I myself am definitely no “study expert,” but I am going into my
third year of university so I feel like, by now, I’ve kind of figured out a system
for—I don’t know talking with my hands?? a lot?? LOL– but tackling my finals, quizzes,
and tests. Hopefully by sharing my process there’s something in this video
that can help you out during those times when you’re internally crying at your
desk, and you have tons of textbooks and notebooks open, wondering how the heck
you’re gonna do this! I’ve been in that boat, I will be in that boat again, so
let’s travel together ! 😛 My first tip is probably the most important tip of all
and the most obvious because we pretty much do it– no we HOPEFULLY do it
24/7– and that is to BREATHE! If you’re feeling really nervous or anxious or
stressed before a test sometimes taking just a few deep breaths really puts
things into perspective…sometimes it puts things into perspective for a few
seconds, and then you’re stressed again, but at least you have a few seconds of
relief. It’s really important to stay calm though and I really try and take
this tip with me when I’m just about to write the exam when the paper is right
in front of me and I’m waiting for the T.A. to say you can begin– especially if
I’m not confident with the material, those few minutes are so nerve-racking
and my blood starts pumping and basically my emotions are going here and
I need to take a few breaths just to bring me back here so that I can
actually give myself the best chance to do well! Once I remember to breathe and
stay calm, my first official step in the studying process is to re-read my
lectures and my reading notes. I always go through this process in chronological
order so obviously start with the older stuff and make your way to the newest
material. Now I personally don’t just re-read everything because I
don’t find I retain information that way or as effectively that way…I
will have a notebook or a blank sheet of paper beside me and, as I go through each unit, I write down all of the major key points or key words in that unit (and
again, I try and keep it in the order that we discussed those topics in). So
I’m not making notes about everything, I’m just creating a big outline– a
very detailed outline –of everything that we’ve learned. After I do my first
initial detailed re-read of all the material, then I can use that
outline to kind of test my understanding of everything, and then any area or
keywords that I’m kind of “iffy” on, I’ll put star next to it and I know that
that’s somewhere that I need to go brush up on my understanding so that next time
I go through the outline, I’m able to recall information very quickly for all
of the topics. For me personally the outline/mind-map type of approach to
studying really helps cement details in my head, but for some that just isn’t
effective. So if you’re more of an audio person, you could even re-read your notes
and record yourself on your phone and then listen to those recordings when
you’re walking to class or making dinner. Also, a memorization tip that has
seriously helped me out is to use acronyms! This tip is life-saving
especially when I have to recall long lists of information… I don’t know about
you, but in tests details will kind of slip out of my head–even details that
throughout the whole time that I’ve been studying, I’ve never forgotten before… I
go to a test and it’s like I forget how even my name is spelt—so in situations
like those having a letter in an acronym to kind of push me in the right
direction can sometimes just be enough to spark me remembering what that piece
of information was. Something else I really like to do is to connect
different ideas or definitions with words or sounds that kind of help me
remember in the same way that an acronym does. For example when I was first learning what the supply and demand curve looked like– this is many moons ago–I figured out that you know supply has the word “up” in
it so sUP-supply the supply curve goes UP to the right and the demand curve is
“dddd”-down so dddd-down demand and sup-up-up-supply! Obviously now I don’t need that because I’ve had a few years of economics courses (unfortunately) so thosendefinitions or looks to the supply and demand curve are pretty stuck in [my brain]. But I do this all the time when I’m studying, so if you had a little window
into my brain while I was writing a test you would just see a lot of that kind of
stuff sprinkled all over the place…it’s a crazy place to be! Study tip number
three obviously, I think it’s pretty obvious, is to do practice homework
questions or even practice tests for math type courses- and I would assume science courses. Doing questions is really the only way that you can really ensure that
you’re grasping the material. Practice is very important for those types of
subjects and for other subjects as well– but I think with math-y courses
especially. If you don’t do practice questions you can re-read how to do
something all you want, but you got to actually be able to do it yourself. I
will always try and do a handful of questions from each unit so that I get a
good variety, and then based on which questions I’m not doing as well on I
will do more practice in those areas so I’m not wasting time in areas that I’m
pretty okay with. I also always try and do past tests, especially if your professor
is providing them. You want to make sure you take advantage of the fact that you
have examples of the types of questions that they asked in the past because
that’s a really good indication of the types of questions you are probably
going to be asked on your test– and sometimes past test questions
appear in your test, and then you’re like “oh my god I am rocking this question
because I’ve already done it before”… that rarely happens, or at least in my
experience unfortunately, but when it does, it feels pretty good! My tips when
doing pass tests is to treat them like real test so that you can truly see
where your understanding level is at, and secondly don’t do past tests that
aren’t written by your professor. Yes, sometimes doing past tests from your
course code specifically is helpful, but you
always have to proceed with caution because, in my experience, every prof– even profs that are teaching the same course –have different expectations and ask
questions differently. I only say that because there have even been situations
where even tests that my professor has written before are completely unlike the one
that gets handed to us in style and types of questions– basically in every
possible way it’s different— and you’re sitting there thinking, “what is
this sorcery that is in front of me?!” The worst thing you can do in those
situations is panic, so you kind of have to go into the test just being fully
prepared for anything to be thrown at you, and to just do your best. Because once you’re there, that’s all you can do is do your best. Sometimes I’ve written
[an answer] and I’m like, “well this makes no sense” and I get perfect marks and I’m like, “how did that happen?!” and then on the question that I thought I
actually knew what I was talking about, I got zero marks?… explain that to me! It’s
very confusing! 😛 Once I do all my re-reads I’ve done tons of questions and tests, I
just do a quick overview and call it a day. I want to make it clear, especially
to those of you who are going into university for the first time and are
probably worried about testing, that there have been many times where I’ve
walked into a test/exam that’s worth quite a bit of my grade, and I
don’t feel ready…and I probably am not ready. I’m not going to lie to you and say
that it always works out, because I’ve had a few blunders in two years of
University– and you will too– but it’s not always the end of the world! And chances
are, if you’re having troubles in a specific area of the course, there are
probably a lot of people having troubles as well, and that is usually reflected in
a bell curve once all the marks come out. Basically what I’m trying to say is once
you write the test, let it go and don’t worry about it! I thought it was really
important to include that point in here because I
think too many people doubt themselves, including me, once they’ve written
something and it’s been handed in and you just start replaying it all in your
head, and how you would have done it differently, but it’s useless to think
that way because what’s done is done! So try to just start focusing on the
next thing that you have to tackle! That concludes my study tips video, if you
found something in this video to be helpful then please be sure to give it a
big THUMBS UP! Let me know in the comments below what is your number one study tip for new students or veteran students… I really
love the fact that you guys are so willing to help each other out in the
comment section, so let’s continue the helpful advice down below! I will see
you all very soon with a new video and until then, bye everyone!

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86 thoughts on “My University STUDY ROUTINE | How I Study (Tips + Advice)”

  1. Kendall Marie says:

    # First comment

  2. Anouk van Bogget says:

    I study when I whatch this😂❤️ Love to your vids💋 and Love to you❤️❤️

  3. justalurkr says:

    Fourth comment! 🙂

  4. Massey12 says:

    Study tip, once you're super tired the night before an exam know when to go to bed! Staying up all night not sleeping trying to remember everything isn't going to get you very far, you're better off going to bed and waking up earlier (that's the hard part), and then studying then doing an exam super tired and unable to concentrate.

  5. Sara Angel says:

    I can't believe I'm this early! <3

  6. justalurkr says:

    Office hours. Short term, the prof can clear up lingering confusion. Long term, that prof may someday write you a recommendation or hook you up with a fellowship or a job.

  7. Isabella Sotelo says:

    I just started 10th grade today…..goodbye peace and relaxation…..hello stress, anxiety, stupid people, and annoying teachers😊

  8. nistha tiwari says:

    Some motivation to study!

  9. Jess Lee says:

    Ahhh school gets serious for me next year, but now i have a video that can help when studying becomes a thing👏👏

  10. Ekta Palsingh says:

    Great tips!

  11. Helen Thomas says:

    My third and final year at uni starts in October.
    And I've really been scraping by the last two years. I know I could've achieved better marks but I'm passing comfortably. I'm just so determined to do better this year and really knuckle down and take life seriously.
    I've started bullet journaling and watching all your uni/study centric vids! Thank you for all of it. Even though I'm a drama student it's all transferable info and it just helps to spur me onwards :3

  12. Lola Posa says:

    Hi Caitlin! Thanks for a great video. Quick question; I use a laptop at school (and I believe you do the same) and I was thinking of maybe getting the iMac as a desktop but don't know whether or not it would be useful in any way? Do you think it's a waste to have a laptop and desktop? I would love to know what you think

  13. Jessica M says:

    A study tip I have to gauge your understanding is trying to explain what you're studying to someone else. It gives them a chance to ask clarifying questions and helps you make connections or see where you're lacking understanding.

  14. Lolitah's Essentials says:

    The best thing I have done is using a note card systems and color coding. So each unit or chapter has it's own colors. And I match them up with my notes. I also make review sheets and color code that too! I am a mixed learner so I have to have a visual component as well as a kinesthetic and auditory. So I will write the note cards, use colors, and read them outloud through the day. 🙂

  15. Mia Fian says:

    You are the best!!!!!😊

  16. Jade Gijzen says:

    Perfect😱 just what I need! I'm busy with exams right now!☺️ thank you!

  17. lil rosé chimpunk says:

    great video as always,so happy that you posted this video!

  18. Rachel Jackson says:

    I'm going back tomorrow 🙁

  19. paup86 says:

    Definitely color coding your notes! I am a very visual person!

  20. Adele Parli says:

    I've nearly finished my first year of a Master's degree (4th year of uni) and my 2 biggest pieces of advice for doing well are 1. Just get on with things! Work won't get done if you procrastinate, so just get into the habit of spending 9-5 every day doing something uni-related. And 2. Give yourself breaks if you need them. If you're sick, take a couple of days off! Struggling through a week of doing sub-par work is a bigger waste of time than taking one or two days off to sleep away the sickness before getting back into good, productive work habits. Good luck for when you go back, Caitlin!

  21. Lou McC says:

    I love how real you are in this video! Many study tip videos skim over the whole not doing well!

  22. Mollie Salisbury says:

    Thank you sooo much! This video is perfect. I commented on another video that I was starting highschool and a bullet journal. These tips will be perfect as the school year really get going. As for the bullet journal, it has kept me so unbelievably organised, it's not even funny. Thank you for inspiring me to stay so organized and to do good and have a good school year this year! 😉❤

  23. Javi Moya says:

    I think I can't say this one enough, but if something really hard for you, study a little bit every day. I know it's a annoying and boring but goddamn have i learnt from this mistake to many times

  24. FRAN says:

    tips for staying motivated? i lack motivation for school sometimes and i dont know why! … any help? great vid btw 🙂

  25. Inami B. says:

    In chemistry/math tests the profs pretty much copy paste their tests every time and just switch up the the values or molecules involved. So in my experience, the easiest way to an A for those is doing past exams

  26. Menley Langham says:

    Omg do you go to U of T?!

  27. Maine Angelics says:

    Hello Caitlin!! please notice me!

  28. BookBallads says:

    I've been going to college for 6 years now, trying to graduate. This is (hopefully) my final semester to get my degree. Unfortunately, I just don't have the heart anymore. I'm so tired and stressed out. I don't know how to get out of this funk. School just started this week so I seriously need to just get my head in it. Cross your fingers for me guys!

  29. carpoolgranola says:

    I go to Cambridge University biggest regret in my life:))))) I love it but the amount of work I'm expected to do… Lol bye

  30. Tolu Ajala says:

    Please please y'all take breaks in between studying and make sure you have enough rest!! It makes the whole studying and exam preparation time less stressful and puts less strain on your mental health. Also don't leave note revision to the week before the test!! Go over stuff as the term goes and you'll find you know more by the time the exam is near and you can focus on the things you really need to focus on!

  31. Scorpio Studies says:

    Study tip, finish studying everything the day before the exam! On the morning of the exam I'm too jittery to remember anything I try to cram last minute.

  32. Sophie Rose says:

    Music without vocals helps me. On YouTube, search for "study music", "lofi", or "chillhop". I like classical, but like to have other options too. 🙂

  33. chantal snelder says:

    University in the Netherlands starts Monday. Half of my friends is excited (me too!), I wanna do something useful after 10 weeks of laziness. Other half… They're not so ready haha. My biggest tip is: start early! Everyday/week a little bit studying works so much better than doing everything in one stressful week. Also, I find making summaries the best way for me to memorize all the information. Some friends were kinda intimidated when they saw one that counted 40 pages ("wow, how long did it take you to make that thing?!), Indeed it takes a lot of time, but is extremely effective to me! (Passed all my tests in the first time with good grades!)

  34. JazzyUnnie says:

    su- su- SUP du- du- DUDE!! 😏

  35. Veronika Andělová says:

    About those tests… I had two tests from one subject. First I felt terrible, I had antibiotics and fever and I did perfectly. Plus I didn't studying much because I slept like three days a row and slept in the train on the way to school. And second I was sharp, focused and ready for the test and it didn't work out! Sure I done my subject just fine but I ruined my final grade. 😀 This makes me wonder if the studying is always the right thing to do. 😀

  36. madison schlichthorn says:

    using this while studying now bless u

  37. Emma Clements says:

    Where was this last year when I started college😭

  38. Emma Clements says:

    The best study advice I've been given is to not study for long periods of time with out a short break. Personally, I do 25-35 minutes with my phone down and fully engaged in my work, and then 5-10 minutes of relaxing or get up and move. I've also found I study the best after I've eaten well and worked out before, really helps with focus!

  39. Janneke Rietveld says:

    Your videos are so helpful! Something I always try to do is to make my homework as soon as possible. That way I am less stressed and more relaxed and I sleep much better. ❤ that was my tip.

  40. Roma Drayne says:

    I find writing everything out before I start doing practice questions is helpful in relation to my English Lit degree (even though my hand starts to cramp up)

  41. Sienna says:

    When I saw this in my notifications I screamed because I was so excited

  42. Hesitant Alien says:

    I'm the worst procrastinator and I'm going into my last year of school in January next year and I know I'm not going to do very well next year or at university if I keep going at the rate I'm going, I get okay marks but I know I could do better, I just don't have anything to keep me motivated or on track. Does anyone have any advice for me?

  43. Julia Sapphire says:

    This was super helpful👏🏻👏🏻

  44. Sarah Nascimento says:

    dont put so much pressure in yourself, study every day, do your best , take some time to rest and relax

  45. may says:

    I'm at school now 🙁

  46. Vicky Vanderroost says:

    I started meditating because I was too stressed. I used 'the meaning of life experiment' app, it's 30 day meditation, I skipped the videos and questions :p. This helped me sooo much, now I do a guided sleep meditation almost everyday.
    And don't stress, just be real and honest with yourself. Do what you can, if it doesn't go well, so be it, try again. You're human, you're gonna fail and make mistakes, just learn from them and move on.

  47. Madison More says:

    I'm a history-cultural studies joint major and I have to write a lot of essays. Most of my professors will provide essay questions that could be options on the final exam, so what I like to do is gather together the key points I want to make for as many questions as I can, and then gathering supporting evidence from my notes and readings which would make the essay as strong as possible. Then I study those. Its easier for humanities courses to study based on the exam questions rather than trying to cram the whole course back into your head. Im sure this would work well for English classes as well!

  48. Sophia Primerosetta vivianne Ysabelle says:

    Always study the hardest subject first so when ur done u have the motivation to study more.

  49. Lisa Bladh says:

    I like to go through my notes from the school day on the commute home, it helps me grasp the info better and it keeps me on top of what we're doing

  50. Skye says:

    This is not really a "study" tip per se but: exercise! I wish did this earlier! I gained probably 20 pounds during my first year and felt super sluggish and tired almost all the time but exercise will make you feel much more energized and awake. Even 10 mins is a good start!! I wish you all good luck in the new school year! ☺️

  51. Irene Martinho says:

    amazing video as always ! thank you so much for the tips. as a freshman i really dont know what to expect so these were actually extremely helpful. love from portugal ♥

  52. Emma Davidson says:

    I am a history major, and something that really helps me study is writing down key names, dates and events on flashcards with the full information on the other side. Then, I ask someone (usually my dad 😅) to quiz me, and having to explain the material to someone with no prior knowledge really helps cement the information!!

  53. Aleksandra Miletić says:

    You are so fun and real, amazing video, just found your chanal and love it❤️

  54. katelyn cripps says:

    you are honestly the perfect youtuber to me!
    -you do reading videos
    -food videos
    -favourite videos
    -you're kind, funny and organized (and beautiful!)
    AND you have the same name as me!!

  55. loly mgm says:

    high five fellow DCU student, i recognized the notes

  56. Laneschaf says:

    Cornell notes are my holy grail!! Look them up- I can't recommend a better note taking method!

  57. Sumayyah Rubio says:

    XD Helpful as usual! Thanks a bunch! Although it would be nice if there's a background on those white texts that you added.. ^^"

  58. # Lucie Panda # says:

    I love you so much!! Thank you for all your videos and this video especially was VERY helpful.

  59. Dieu-Hanh Huynh says:

    I am going back to school in two weeks

  60. Doga The Planet says:

    your nose is soooo beautiful omg. some people will think im joking but for me big noses are elegant and beautiful.please never change your nose it looks really good on you.

  61. Mikoto Shengnan says:

    Are you an Accounting or Finance major? Your slides look like the things I study as an Accounting major.

  62. Iqra Arshad says:

    I'm starting my third and final year at uni towards the end of September. And all summer, I've been relaxing (which I admit was much needed) and it's only been about 2 weeks since I've tried to start getting back into the mode. I literally just found your videos last night and I can't thank you enough. It's only been a day but I'm already so motivated to start preparing. I've even started doing my research for my dissertation more seriously. The last 2 years at uni have been good however I do realise if I'd pushed myself a little more I could have done better. I like to think this year, I'll be aiming high.

  63. MakeupByJess98 says:

    What nail polish are you wearing, i'm in love!

  64. Brent & Lex says:

    Thank you for your tips, my boyfriend & I are college students and he just started his first semester of nursing school!

  65. Shreya Rakesh says:


  66. Nayantara Ranganatha says:

    Something really important I have learned on my student journey is to always know when to stop. I often overwork myself and pressure myself to achieve certain grades to the point of exhaustion. I am in the middle of my second semester and I had to take a few days to remember why I want to study. I was so burnt out that I didn't feel like doing anything and thats far more dangerous than missing a day of studying to take time for yourself.

  67. Mausi 010313 says:

    You have such a wonderful energy and motivation! Now I want to study haha 😊
    (Sorry for bad english 🇦🇹)

  68. Aditya Bharati says:


  69. Princess Farah says:

    Nife video that help me 😍

  70. Study Peach says:

    plz sub to my channel plzzzzz i subbed to u

  71. Stuti R. says:

    I'm new to your channel… This comment section is awesome!:)
    Btw I'm preparing for my medical entrance exam and your videos are helping me relax as I've been feeling really anxious from past few days
    Thank you 😊

  72. YouTube YouTube says:

    Can i look into your eyes and kiss u

  73. _ Danielle says:

    Your nails are so perfect! Do you get them done?

  74. nana says:

    all that studying isn’t for nothing sis that’s my advice to you and if you’re trying to get things done fast instead of taking your time, that’s how you get a 60.

  75. presentlymine says:

    Thanks for making this video. Helped me 🙂

  76. TIGER Sadra says:

    Im in grade 9 this year, and I want to study and make notes for longggg time.

    any tips/advice?

  77. Actually Android says:

    god i love the way you talk. it's SO fun to listen to and really draws you in.

  78. Meagan Seraphin says:

    Do you have any more tips on how to create outlines while studying?

  79. Jobi job says:

    Are you an accounting student?

  80. taledarkside says:

    its hard to be a guy and study, cuz we think about girls all the time, like 90% of the time, then 7% on food, and 3% on school

  81. SWATHI PRIYA says:

    Make a video on what to stop procrastinating

  82. Jessie G says:

    I've counted all the past-year papers for 5 subjects, 136 of them for this sem in total. Can you give me some advice? Do I start doing the first day of college? I'm petrified at the amount of past years…

  83. Maliik Diino says:

    She NOSE everything 😂😂…. JK

  84. Splithoof Rivera says:

    Aahahaha I watched this the first time today and LITERALLY just got out of the Week 3 Economics class where we graphed supply and demand and you helped me remember how to label them, THANK YOU

  85. Fid Owl says:

    I love your nose is very original and looks beautiful. Thanks.

  86. Aylen Lourdes Narbaes says:

    Maybe is not a study tip, but if you have a lot of things to do for school/uni and also want to take care of yourself (it's important to take care of yourself), you can light a candle and drink your favourite beverage while studying or put on a face mask/hair mask, maybe do your nails while listening to an audiobook version of what you have to read or a class if you record them. It's so frustrating to look not your best because you have to study a lot, but you can do little things to feel better. btw remember to eat!!! I get sooo hungry when I study so it's nice to have snack with me on my desk. STAY HYDRATED TOO!

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