By Zoe Taylor
It’s important to keep your study sessions as productive as possible so that you can be sure that you’re covering everything and getting all your work done on time. There are many things you can do to ensure this, and we’ve listed some of them below.
Even out your time
Section the time you’ve allocated to study into different areas. For example, if you’ve set aside 2 hours of study, you could assign 30 minutes each to four of your assignments, or one hour each to two of your assignments. In your next study session, set aside time for the areas you didn’t cover in your previous session. This will keep you from spending too much time on one area and not enough time on another, as well as steering you away from focusing on too many areas at once which can become overwhelming.
Using to-do lists is the best way to set out and remember all your tasks. It’s a good idea to create one large overall to do list for each unit, and then mini to do lists for each week, day and/or study session.
There’s that magic word again – goals. If you set mini goals for each study session, such as ‘learn three new terms’ or ‘finish part A of assignment 2’, you’ll have more direction while you study. Rather than just going over notes and working on more or less of an assignment than you should be, you’ll know exactly what needs to be achieved and therefore find that you accomplish a lot more.
Get rid of all distractors while you study. Put your phone on silent, or even ‘do not disturb mode’ so that only emergency calls come through. Stay away from social media! If you find it hard to resist checking Facebook or Twitter, look into programs such as SelfControl, which blocks any distracting websites for a set period of time on your computer.
Study when you’re at your best
Discover the time of day when you’re most switched on and allocate study sessions within that time period. The more alert you are, the more motivated and ‘in the study zone’ you’ll be. Also, if you feel a sudden motivation to do some study at a random time of day, start a session at that very moment, even if you haven’t scheduled study time. You’ll be more likely to get a lot of work done because you’re in the zone and committed to studying from the start.
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