Time management is one of the essential skills that must be mastered for studying.
Yet learning how to manage your time effectively is a challenge for many students, who struggle with balancing assignments, working the 9-to-5 and keeping up with family.
To help, we’ve created our top 5 ways to best manage your time for studying, so that you can spend your time in a way that’s useful and helps you get your work done.
Create a Plan
Before you do anything, it’s essential to know how much time you have to do anything. While you might think it’s okay to cram your studying into an occasional spare five minutes, this is an excellent way to overload and stress yourself.
But by establishing and understanding how much time you have to study, you can then plan your tasks so that you can easily accomplish what you’re setting out to learn.
The human brain is naturally inclined to wander - we’re hardwired to let our minds skip down myriad thought-tracks.
Which is a great way to use up your study time doing literally anything else.
To help keep your mind focused on the task at hand, it’s a good idea to limit the number of distractions around you.
Put your phone on do-not-disturb and using a task blocking app on your computer is a great way to keep your focus on your online study.
One thing at a time
Trying to multitask has an overwhelmingly negative effect on how we study, the information we process, and what we take in.
If you want to save time, it’s important to remember that you need to spend the time you do have more carefully.
Try short bursts with breaks
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that short bursts of study mixed with breaks is one of the best ways to boost your studying powers.
Consider looking up techniques like the Pomodoro Method. Your time is split into 25-minute chunks called Pomodoros. Between each Pomodoro, you take a 5-minute break. After four Pomodoros, take a longer 15-20 minute break.
Giving your attention span a finite amount of time to get work done can help boost your attention and studying prowess.
Get plenty of rest
No one can work all the time and without sufficient rest - including healthy eating and sleep schedules.
To make sure that you can be your best version of you - as well as your best student – be sure to turn up to your sessions fresh and ready to study.