5. A snack. If you're anything like me, getting work done while hungry is one dangerous task. My favorite study snack ended up being trail mix: sweet, salty, and filling enough to keep going all night. I like bringing a big bottle of water with me, too. And sites like Etsy where you can customize and
4. Chargers. I learned this one the hard way. Being neck-deep in getting some good study time in and the computer dying is the worst thing to happen since N*Sync’s break up. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it…trust me.
3. The right materials. This seems like a no-brainer but I'm always surprised by the people who end up not having the right book or binder for what they're studying for. I also suggest making sure you always have a highlighter and flashcards to get some pre-study prep done whenever you've got a few minutes to spare between classes. Look into sites like Studyblue or Quizlet for old tests from your professors or electronic notecards other students have already made. Saves time and can help you narrow down your focus.
2. The perfect study playlist. For me, I like using slow indie songs while I’m studying—especially ones I don't know. That way, I'm not tempted to sing along but I'm not sitting in silence or trying not to dance in my seat. I suggest using Spotify Radio—just pick a song that works for you and let the playlist do its job.
1. The perfect study buddy. There is just nothing worse than perfectly laying out every set of notes, books, computer, phone, snacks—whatever—and realizing you have to go to the bathroom or leave the room to take a call. Finding a perfect study buddy—someone who you can sit with for hours and not talk to but trust as moral support to help you keep going—is a huge part of a successful study trip. Going alone is necessary sometimes but bonding over hours of schoolwork leads to the best friendships. That's just science.