Designing a proper time management plan for your studies can not only help you to save time and stress but also enable you to spend more time for your hobbies and spare-time activities. Also, it will help you to empower your efforts in studying and enable you to spend more time for difficult / weak areas or subjects. Listed below are a few ways in which you can go about doing this.
1. Prepare a Schedule/Calendar: You only have 24 hours a day. Break it down into hours for recreational activities like sleeping, eating, etc; studying and playing. You can have one, four or even more hours a day that you can invest for your studies, depending on your leisure-activities. Therefore, it is important to prepare a regularly updated schedule/calendar, where you:
- write down all your scheduled tests
- write down all tasks, assignments and duties, if necessary with their due dates
- record your planned leisure-activities, such as gym, etc.
2. Organize your activities with the help of technology: Another useful study time management technique is to have an organizer: There are a lot of apps that can help you organize your day’s plan and set up timers and reminders. If you do not have a smartphone, some sort of homework booklet or a big calendar chart can also be used. Now everytime you get a task to accomplish you will mark it down in this app / booklet. You can consider this organizer to be a to-do-list for your studies where you write down everything that needs to get done. After you accomplished the task you can place a √ next to it.
3. Schedule your time depending on your energy level: Another every important study time management technique is to schedule your time dependent on your personal energy level. Your energy level reaches its peak at approximately 10am, but is very low during the time from 2pm to 4pm. A lot of students are very productive in the morning, so it could be very useful to rise up early. Others prefer the evening hours as their most productive part of the day. The only important thing is that you know for yourself on which time-period you can work most efficient and adapt your schedule accordingly to your high-energy periods.
4. Avoid procrastination and distraction
One way to avoid procrastination is to think about the different places you have been when studying – where were you the most focused? Where were you most distracted? Remember, what works for one person might not necessarily work for you. For some, studying with friends can limit their productivity. But for others, studying in groups can help to increase motivation and avoid procrastination.
5. Don’t be a perfectionist
If you pay too much attention to small details, you simply waste your time. It’s better to work without pauses for some time and after you end up, single out 10-20 minutes to work on details.
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6. Have time for rest
Take small breaks between your tasks. First, your work-in-progress will be more creative if you’ve had some rest previously. And second, one way or another you need to relax and have a cup of coffee / tea / milk. Don’t forget to include short breaks in your daily plan.
Getting excellent grades can be accomplished by everyone, if they apply study time management and integrate careful planning into their everyday life. The above named student tips on how to study effectively will help you to manage your time more efficient so that you have more leisure-time, which is the most important thing during your studies 🙂