Get It Right The First Time
What would happen if you had to do everything twice? Ouch! Now just reverse that and apply it to your everyday student activities. What would happen if you made sure you got a full night’s rest, ate a good breakfast, and really focused on taking good notes at a lecture? Chances are that you will have less hassle making sense of the notes, which will save significant time and energy… Whatever it is you do – think of ways to do it better and quicker.
Although it may feel like you are getting more done, multitasking is not the optimal way to study. During the time you have set up for study, keep distractions to a minimum, and the amount of material you absorb will increase.
Early studies found that students who were logged in to social sites while they worked had lower grades. As larger studies are published a debate has risen over whether social sharing “dummies” us down. You don’t have to wait for anyone to prove or disprove the effects of social sharing. Just ask yourself: “Does that activity belong to the 20% of my activities that will give me 80% of my good grades?“
Tackle Your Tough Subjects When You Have The Most Energy
One way to make sure you get the most from your study time is to set it up for a time of day when you are most efficient. For many people this is in the morning hours. Tackle the hardest subjects when you have the most mental energy. Save the subjects you acquire easily for later in the day, or during a break from the tough ones.
Take Short Breaks
Many students do best with some free time after school. It helps to relieve any stress from that part of their day. But that does not mean to come home and watch video games for hours, and then put off homework because you are too tired. In addition to a short break after school, study breaks relieve tension and allow for more material to be absorbed for the entire session. Everyone is different. Some students can go for longer periods of time, pouring over texts. Different subjects will also “grab” students for longer periods of time. Become familiar with your personal needs in terms of optimal study times before you need a break. The study is like many other things in life: the more you give to it, the more it gives back!
Learn to give and take with your fellow students. Share ideas, notes, etc… What you do well may help someone else, and what they do well may help you. Practice mixing with other students and see how they set up their study schedule. When you find something that works, add it to your own list of good study tips.
It will not always be easy to follow through with the planning you set up, but sticking with a good time management strategy is one the best decisions a student can make.