The first step to any successful study or revision plan is to get ahead and set your schedule for the upcoming week. I like to do this on a Sunday, so I am fully prepared for the week ahead and I know exactly what I’m doing come Monday morning.
Remember to give yourself enough time to complete your study tasks and don’t underestimate how much time it is going to take you to complete them (if anything it’s better to overestimate!). When creating your schedule also remember to plan in some downtime so that you don’t burn yourself out!
When creating your schedule, it is important to work it around when you work best. There is no point in studying or revising when you are not able to perform to the best of your ability. Some people are morning people, some people are evening people, so work out what's best for you and plan your week around that.
For example, if you know that you work best in the morning, do some studying in the morning and then get all your other jobs done in the evening when you are going to be least productive.
Set realistic goals
Now that you’ve set your schedule, you need some realistic goals of things you want to achieve in the coming week. These can be both academic and personal goals – I love to have a mix of the two!
By setting realistic goals you will feel more productive and motivated when you achieve a target. If they aren’t achievable it will have an oppositive effect and you will start to beat yourself up, which isn’t going to help you stay on track to meeting the rest of your weekly goals.
Find effective study methods
When it comes to studying or revising, you need to find the method that works best for you. Are you a reading learner? A writing learner? A visual learner? An auditory learner? By finding what method works best for you, you can tailor the way you study to ensure that you are productive and meeting your goals.
There is no point in studying in a way that doesn’t work for you. To work out which way works for you, give yourself some time to try different methods. Remember everyone is different so don’t get stressed if other people are working in different ways.
Take regular breaks
Whilst studying it is important to remember to take regular breaks. Studies have shown that the human brain needs a 15-minute break after 1 hour of focus in order to remain productive and on task. That said everyone is unique in how long they can study for so experiment with different study durations to find what suits you best.
Once you have worked this out, incorporate it into your schedule, but most of all remember to stick to it! During your breaks, don’t just sit on your phone, instead take a 10-minute walk or something away from a screen to give your brain a proper break.
And there you go! That’s all of my study tips. Hopefully this will help you get into a proper study routine and help you feel more productive. Good luck with your studying and revision!
By Lucy Packman, 2nd year Business Management with Marketing student