University begins, deadlines roll in and the academic stress starts. A solution to any university problem is to create a study routine. Below are some useful tips on what to do with your study routine.
Create a schedule – Making a schedule will make it easier for you to stick to a routine, going rogue may make you feel disorientated at times as you’ll be confused as to what you want to do. When making one, design it similar to your university timetable, including your university sessions on it. Also, include what you are going to do at home, i.e. an hour writing up a dissertation, 30 minutes typing up lecture notes so you know what you have to do once you’re home. Have mundane chores scheduled in as well, such as cooking, laundry and tidying. They will help you stay grounded and will be a refreshing break from all the studying.
Have 15-minute breaks – Your brain can only concentrate for around 45-50 minutes at a time, so you will have to take a break to give your brain time to recuperate. Use these breaks to release any restlessness that you may have, such as scrolling through social media, texting or playing a game. Or you could prepare yourself for your next study session by grabbing something to eat and drink, tidying away your previous studying materials or practising meditation.
Schedule time for yourself – It is important to plan from free time for yourself to give yourself a break. This can be a free hour on any evening to game, read or spend family/friend time. On the weekends, when you have more time, you can schedule some free time as you won’t have university hours intertwined in the day’s plan. These free hours are to make sure that you don’t burn out, reset your mindset and reduce any stress you may have. Also, plan a set stopping time, i.e. 7 pm every evening. Again, this is so you don’t overwork yourself and you can get a good nights rest.
Try different locations – Always doing your work in the same chair, at the same desk, in the same room will become boring and you’ll feel restless. So, try doing some of your studying in different environments. For example, why not spend two hours one afternoon in a cafe? That way you can grab yourself something to eat and drink in your break. On another evening, you can go and sit in the library, being around other students that are working may make you more motivated to get your work done.
Colour coding – Have some fun when creating the schedule by using colours. This will visually aid you in knowing what you need to be doing that day.
Apps – If you do not fancy creating a schedule by hand, there are many apps that you can download that will create a routine for you.
Change it up – If you do not like the schedule you have created or it does not work for you then change it. The whole point of having a routine is to make time for yourself and your studies; it’s your time and you should decide how you spend it. Sticking to a routine that you do not like will make the actual duty of studying become tedious and you won’t be as invested as you should be, not retaining any of the studying.
Sleep – One of the most important things on this list! The more sleep you have, the more you will be able to study and retain information. Drinking many cups of coffee, energy drinks and all-nighters are doing nothing for you. This routine will not be as effective if you’re sleep deprived or purposely going to bed at ridiculous times.
It’s not binding – When you’re feeling ill or having a bad day, take the night off. You’re not going to get any work done when you’re under the weather so you might as well use the time to recover quickly.
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