Let’s be real here: studying is never easy. No matter what stage of life or education you’re battling through, maintaining all your focus and concentration is a task which pervades even the brightest, most talented minds. While everyone has their own different approaches to knuckling down and busting out work, here’s some hot tips to make sure you’re making the most out of your time at the desk.
Create Yourself a Schedule
If you often find yourself procrastinating by doodling with coloured markers or highlighters, put those creative skills to a good use and make yourself a study timetable to follow. Draw up a study plan at the start of your day, complete with the amount of time you’re dedicating to each subject, and make sure to include set times for breaks – remember, it’s equally important let your brain unwind as it is to fill it up with knowledge!
Work Smart, Not Hard
On that note, we can’t stress this point enough: churning through your books the night before an exam or cramming an essay before a late-night deadline isn’t going to get you results. Treat your approach to studying like you would a job by limiting yourself to eight hours a day, prioritise only the information that is relevant (i.e. don’t get stuck in Wikipedia rabbit holes) and spread your time equally across subjects to keep your brain from getting stagnant on keywords and formulas.
De-Clutter Your Desk Space
One of the main reasons that University students flock to the libraries in droves is because of all the distractions studying at home provides. If you’re studying at home, try removing anything that’ll sidetrack you from your studies – even if that means leaving your phone or laptop elsewhere for a while – and only include the bare essentials you need to manage your workload. Strive for minimalism, and your focus is bound to increase tenfold.
Try to Get Outdoors
It’s an overused trope, but it’s true – getting outdoors for some fresh air and exercise will do wonders to your mental wellbeing and allow you to utilise your brain to its upmost potential. Even something as mundane as taking your dog for a walk or sitting outside in the sun with a cup of tea for half an hour will leave you feeling recharged afterwards, particularly if you’ve been melting your brain with dense mathematic equations or scientific jargon.