If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a new way of studying that will allow you to get more done in a little amount of time. Guess what? It doesn’t always work out that way. However, I’ve figured out some ways that DO work.
Before you start studying:
1. Put yourself in the right mindset to study.
There’s nothing worse than walking into a study session with the mindset that you’ll migrate tasks to the next day. If you do that, you’ll just keep doing that until you feel the pressure from the deadline is greater than the pressure of the actual work. Before you study, meditate a little! Relax your mind. Will it to receive information.
2. Learn about the Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is quite simple: your brain works better when you work for 25 minutes, then break for five minutes, then start back again at 25 minutes. Twenty-five minutes is quite achievable, and eventually you’re going to challenge yourself to do more. Heck, there are apps out there that will let you compete with other people around the world to see who can get the most focused minutes in a week’s time.
3. Organize your space and develop a routine
Having an organized space AND a routine is going to get you into a rhythm faster than anything mentioned above. Organize your desk by how you write: Are you right-handed? Left-handed? Ambidextrous? Do you work better moving right to left? Left to right? these are all things you have to consider when creating your routine. Once you have a routine set in place, you’re read to go!
While you’re studying, you should:
4. Put that phone away!
Nothing is more distracting than social media. Do whatever you have to do to keep yourself way from your phone: put it in another room; turn on airplane mode; or alert your friends and family that you will be busy during a certain time period. Unless you have to use your phone for an actual assignment, don’t allow it to distract you. Once you discipline yourself to not be on your phone, it won’t become so much of a chore to put away!
5. Implement the Pomodoro technique.
In many cases, a phone or egg timer could be used to keep track of time. If you have a chrome extension that will time it for you, use that! A lot of students will also handwrite their pomodoro cycles on a post it note in their notebook.
6. Take a break when you need to.
According to Pomodoro, you should take a five-minute break after a 25-minute study/focus session. However, you can choose when you take your breaks. It’s simply important to take a break every now and then!
After you study:
7. Reward your hard work
Buy some stationery if you have the funds. Throw a dollar into the savings jar. Eat some yummy fruit and cheese. Splurge on that handbag that you want. Do something to reward yourself for studying so hard. I reward myself with an hour of Netflix (I’m on a huge Secret Life of the American Teenager binge – I’m almost done!)
If you’ve taken all of these steps, CONGRATS! You’re studying better. Now, make it a habit. Discipline yourself to make a habit of studying a certain amount of time every day and you’ll have a better understanding of the content in no time.