When you dedicate time to studying, it’s important to make the most of it – especially if you’re juggling your studies with a busy workload and personal commitments. Whether you’re revising for a theoretical or practical exam, these study tips will help you use your time effectively.
Block Out Time
Setting aside a specific part of your day for studying will help you get more work done. Be sure to choose a time when you’re most productive – some people find it easier to focus in the morning, others in the evening.
Find a Dedicated Study Space
Struggling to focus? Finding a space that’s quiet and secluded is the best way to study. Your study space should also be comfortable, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep (it’s best to avoid studying in bed or on the couch).
No matter how great you are at multitasking, minimising distractions will make your study sessions more effective. Before hitting the books, put your phone on do not disturb mode, switch off Netflix, and turn down your music.
Staying organised is crucial if you’re working and studying full time. To avoid feeling overwhelmed and burnt out by your busy schedule, plan out a study calendar that aligns with your work commitments.
Identify Your Learning Style
There are many different styles of learning, including visual, auditory and tactile. Determine which style works best for you and use that method to enhance your memory retention.
Studying every day (or almost every day) will train your brain to remember information more easily. Even if you can only squeeze in half an hour of study, every little bit helps. Studying more often will also help you avoid stressful last-minute cramming.
Ask for Help
If you’re finding it difficult to understand the subject you’re studying, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your teacher will be able to point you in the right direction and may even help you arrange private tutoring sessions if necessary.
Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is an important aspect of studying that many people tend to neglect. Getting plenty of sleep and eating well might not be easy when you’re busy balancing work and study, but staying healthy will ensure you have the physical and mental stamina to keep up with your workload.
Studying can be hard work, so don’t forget to reward yourself for a job well done. Set yourself goals and allow yourself a little treat for meeting each of them, such as some ice cream or watching your favourite TV show.
Remember Why You Started Studying
Staying motivated while studying isn’t always easy. Whether you’re changing careers or looking to move into a managerial role, remember that earning a qualification will help you achieve your professional ambitions.
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