With social media, friends, video games and the great outdoors competing for your attention, it can be difficult to buckle down and prioritise studying. By making a few simple switches to your study habits, you can have time to enjoy life while learning and progressing in your studies.
The Power of Positivity
When you begin thinking of study as an opportunity to learn and enjoy increasing your knowledge, it will become less of a chore and more of an interesting activity you want to engage in. Think positively about your studies, how it’s helping you reach for goals, the skills you’ve already developed and new skills you can develop in the future by studying.
It’s also important to avoid comparing yourself with others, as everyone has individual strengths, motivations and learning styles. Understanding your individual needs and positively applying yourself to your studies, will enable you to both enjoy and maximise your study journey!
Don’t make the mistake of studying in a place that isn’t conducive to concentrating. It’s easy to become distracted by your surroundings, so heading to the library, finding a study nook in a student lounge or sitting in a quiet coffee shop can make a big difference to your concentration.
Practice Makes Perfect!
It’s true, practice makes perfect! This is an activity you can do alone, or if you prefer with a group of classmates. Reviewing materials, having group discussions, and practicing what you’ve learnt in class helps you retain the information and provides a firm foundation for your learning.
Study isn’t something you should do last minute, or wait to find spare time. If you schedule study in the same manner your classes are scheduled, you’ll be less stressed about finding time to study and the routine will become second nature. It may help to utilise an online tool such as google calendar, which will enable you to schedule your time and share it with your friends and family.
Take a Break!
Leading a balanced life is important and can aid in your studies. Ensure you allow yourself to rest, recuperate and take the time to have friends, keep in touch with family or develop interests outside of studies you enjoy.