Effective studying is all about routine. Getting into a rhythm and consolidating good habits is crucial to being efficient and making the most of your time, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help you do just that!
It’s always handy to put your ideas down on paper. Having a dedicated study schedule will ensure you know exactly when to study and on what to focus, meaning you can plan other elements of your life, such as classes and social activities, around it.
Where you choose to study can make a massive difference. People have differing methods on what works for them but generally, opt for somewhere quiet and comfortable with access to the internet, such as a uni library or study room. For working at home, the same rules apply.
It can be difficult to stay focused while studying. Smartphones offer a whole range of distractions, including social media, texting and apps to name a few. By turning your phone off and putting it out of reach, you can direct more of your attention towards your studies.
It’s important to reward yourself for a decent study session. If you’ve just knocked over a 2,000-word essay, watch an episode of your favourite TV show. Performed well on a practice exam? Head out and grab something nice for dinner.
There’s no point chaining yourself to a desk for two hours and only taking in a quarter of the information because you’re forcing yourself to stare at a screen. Break up study into blocks by going for a quick jog or walk at regular intervals. The combination of exercise and fresh air is a fail-safe way to recharge.
This is one of the most important skills you will learn, as an inability to clearly identify the most urgent task can impact productivity in a negative way. Go through your to-do list and take note; what will take the longest amount of time, what is due first, which will have the greatest consequence if it is not completed, and prioritise accordingly?