University is as much a social experience as it is an academic one.
Between meeting new people and attending different events and societies, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to put aside to study, but we’re here to help.
In this blog, we detail our top 5 study tips that will help you manage your time and study efficiently.
- Set a Schedule
- Try to Get Ahead of the Game
- Choose Your Study Space
- Colour Code
- Take Regular Breaks
Set a Schedule
The first few weeks of university can be very enjoyable, if a little hectic.
After a few weeks, you’ll have likely established a loose routine based around your lectures, seminars and social events.
Taking that routine and building in a regular time that you’ll spend studying will help you manage your time immensely.
This way, you’ll not only make sure you’re on top of any assignments or projects, but you’ll also be able to switch off and enjoy your down time more.
Try to Get Ahead of the Game
There may well be times at university when you feel like your work is piling up but no matter what you do, you can’t face studying.
While setting a schedule should help you stay on track, putting in a bit of extra time when you can and getting ahead of your studying is a great way to relieve the pressure.
You may be ill, tired, or just not mentally in the right space, whatever the reason, that extra study time you put in previously will allow you to take the time to rest or decompress without adding to your workload.
Choose your Study Space
When you’re a student, space may well be something you don’t have a lot of, particularly in first year.
No matter how much room you have available, it’s a good idea to try and set aside a specific area where you study.
Whether it’s the desk in your room or the same spot in the university library, studying in the same space will help get your brain in the right frame of mind and also help separate work from your social life.
A tried and tested method, colour coding your study notes will help you differentiate between different topics and themes.
You can take colour coding further than just the highlighter you might use.
Getting folders, sticky notes and flash cards that are the same colour will help reinforce the information you’re reading, making it more memorable.
Take Regular Breaks
There’s a reason lectures are only an hour or so. After a certain period of time, your concentration will waiver, your mind will start to wander and your productivity will grind to a halt.
Getting up and physically moving away from your study area will help you regroup and reset before jumping back in.
This can be something as simple as a lap around the block or library, nipping to the kitchen for a coffee, or just taking a mindful 5 minutes.
This is especially important if you are working towards a tight deadline. You may think that time could be spent working, but if you’ve been at it for a while, you’re better off taking ten minutes to refresh yourself, rather than pushing through.
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