Defeating Online Distractions & Slaying Your Studies
In today’s world, with the Internet just at the tip of our fingertips, it can be incredibly difficult to stay focused on our studies as students. Here’s a guide to optimizing your revision so you can make the most out of your time.
1. Set up a schedule for revision.
Keep on track with your studies by developing a weekly timetable. For example, set two hours aside each week to go over your assigned readings and follow it through. Focusing on the task at hand during for a set time of study will help you to maximize productivity. It’s how you utilize your time that matters – and planning out your time in advance will ensure you have time for friends, to pursue interests and to just relax.
2. Reward yourself!
Nothing boosts motivation quite like treating yourself after study sessions or hitting the word count of the day for your assignment, be it that chocolate bar, de-stressing with your favourite online video game or taking a long overdue nap. Rewarding yourself gives you a goal to strive towards. It keeps you going so you can reach the next reward, and makes all that hard work worth it.
3. Find a study environment that suits you.
Where do you typically study? Do you usually study with a group of friends or do you prefer studying by yourself? Does listening to music help you to concentrate?
The environment you study in can greatly influence your distractibility and the amount of study you actually get done. Some students find it more efficient studying in silence, while others may prefer studying in environments with some background noise, like cafes, for example.
If your current study environment isn’t working for you, you might want to consider exploring different options to find one that works best for you.
4. Give yourself time-out
Take short, intermittent breaks to stay refreshed and motivated. It’s important not to burn yourself out by overworking, because being a university student is more like running a marathon than a 100m race. Personally, I like to take a 10-minute break for every hour of study just to take my mind off revision.
5. Start early!
If you leave all your studying to the last minute, it will feel overwhelming and leave you feeling demotivated, stressed and ready to fall apart – all for nothing! The temptation to procrastinate will be higher than ever if there’s a mountain of work right in front of you, so don’t leave it to the last minute. I learned this the hard way when I crammed a semester’s worth of content in just 2 weeks before the exam in first year… which was nothing short of a nightmare.
6. Take care of yourself.
This might seem obvious, but in the midst of approaching exams and assignment deadlines, make sure to stay healthy by getting enough sleep and exercise, as well as by taking time out for yourself. This will help you stay fresh and sharp throughout the semester.