“Many great things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow.” - Unknown
Finals came at me full force last week and I still ain’t done. I decided I needed to take some time to rearrange my thoughts and get organized! Here are 6 of my favorite study tips that will help you stay on top of your tasks:
1. Do a brain dump. When I am feeling overwhelmed with deadlines and ideas are bouncing around in my head, a good ol’ brain dump always helps. Write out EVERYTHING. The point is to transfer your thoughts somewhere you can visually look at and then prioritize them from there.
2. Create a daily to-do list. I know this sounds strict but a to-do list is a way to keep yourself in check. Make sure you keep your list somewhere you can easily access. I keep my to-do list on my phone in my Notes app. I also go as far as breaking my to-do list by the hour on some days. This isn’t for everyone, but I do recommend giving yourself a certain time to study or get work done. What I specifically love about this tip is the amount of free-time I get not worrying about the things I have to get done.
3. Get the hard stuff done first. I like to look over my assignments and start with the ones that are more time-consuming. This way, I feel less anxious knowing I have already started gathering my sources for a research paper, since that step takes me the longest. Find what you spend the most time on and do that first.
4. Use the 5-second rule. When I heard about the 5-second rule I thought it was nonsense. But I don’t like to knock things until I try them personally, so I did, and it works! Because of that 5-second rule, I am here finishing this post that I myself have been procrastinating on. Funny, eh? I counted to 5 and told myself to get to business. Check out more about this rule here.
5. Be creative with your time. I used to dedicate my entire weekends to studying and homework. By doing this I not only found myself procrastinating even more, but I felt depressed and irritable from being inside all day. I started making my work more accessible to me so I could actually enjoy my weekends. For example, I write all my assignments on Google Docs because I can log in from anywhere if I don’t have my laptop. I also bring my reading materials with me in case I find myself waiting around for anything. Instead of scrolling through Instagram when you’re bored, do some flash cards on quizlet.
6. Be realistic and stay committed. You can realistically accomplish 3-5 goals a day. I recommend focusing on at least 3 main goals each day. Also, these tips won’t mean a thing if you don’t stay committed to your goals. Whatever it is that helps you stay on top of your grind, do that and stay focused. You got this!
My perfect graduate school acceptance record- 4/4 so far! (Just waiting on one more).
Wow, I could not be more thrilled and excited for these wonderful opportunities. It is finally starting to feel like my hard work has paid off. If you are interested in Speech Pathology, I’m happy to answer questions about the application process or program. I am an out of field student as well so can help with finding schools that accept students like me.
Julie (a staff writer), a staff photographer, and I headed down from San Jose State to see Stevie Nicks at her home along the beach for an interview that would appear in The Spartan Daily, SJSU’s daily newspaper. Nicks had attended the university, and Julie’s assignment was to interview someone famous who’d gone there. We were huge fans of Nicks already, and she graciously answered Julie’s letter and agreed to see us one morning. She played an early version of her song Gypsy on a tape deck before she sat down for the interview and asked us how we liked it. Wow! I listened and watched mostly while Julie asked the questions and the photographer snapped photos, though I took a few shots of Nicks with an old Pentax 35 mm camera. I pulled an envelope out of the garage the other day, looked at this 8 X 10 inside and thought, Nicks is so beautiful, and remembered when a famous rock star agreed to see three kids from San Jose State one morning a long time ago.