Set realistic study goals. Study schedules aren’t one size fits all. So take the time to evaluate your current study habits. Ask yourself questions like: how much time am I studying already? How many days a week? After that, review how many classes you have and how many tests or exams you have in sight if any at all. Then, jot down your goals based on your answers. Make sure that they’re realistic. I repeat, make sure that your goals are realistic. Please don’t tell yourself that you’re going to study for 2 hours every day if you weren’t studying at all before. You’re not going to do it and it’s only going to demotivate you. Instead, start small and make your way up slowly.
Study every day. Cramming the night before a test is not helpful at all and detrimental to your health. And making study time a part of your daily routine whether or not a test is coming up will definitely help avoid that. You can study for ten minutes for one day if you have absolutely no projects or quizzes coming up and an hour the next if suddenly you have to write an essay in a week. The key is listening to yourself and adjusting your study time based on other activities you need to do and how much work you need to get done.
Prioritize your tasks. You’re going to have lots of projects, assignments, and tests thrown at you at the same time. But not all of them require the same amount of attention. To prioritize your tasks, first write down everything you need to do. After that, check all of their due dates. Start with assignments and homework that’s due the next day or very soon or are worth a lot of points. Then, tackle the hardest task you need to do. Finally, you can alternate between easy and challenging assignments so that you don’t stress yourself too much.
Study in intervals. You can try using the Pomodoro technique which is basically setting up a timer for 25 minutes. During that time, you study as per usual. But when that time’s over, take a 5 minute break. You should relax and recharge. Then, resume to studying for another 25 minutes. This method is an effective way of being productive but not working yourself too hard.
Find a study space. I already talked about this in the first post of this back to school series, but in sum, this place should be ideal for studying. Your zone should be decluttered, distraction-free and comfortable. Again, there is no one size fits all. Some people like studying in a quiet corner in their room. Meanwhile, others prefer the background noise of cafe. Through trial and error, you’ll find a space that works for you.
Remove all possible distractions. Ever find yourself unable to concentrate because your phone keeps beeping every couple of minutes. Have you ever told yourself that you were going to study but ended scrolling through Tumblr? Then turn off your cell phone before you study or better yet, leave it in a different room. You can even use website blockers like freedom, self-control or cold turkey. This way, you’ll definitely have a more productive study session.
And those are all the tips I have on how to make a study plan. Come back tomorrow for some more tips as I continue my back to school series.
Hi, my beloved darlings!! Yes, the heading is true. I will be taking a small hiatus from posting fics. I know, I’m sorry!! I’m having a hard time keeping up with real life and writing.
^^^^^I thought this gif was funny but this is actually first ever planned hiatus since I started writing fic. Plus Sherlock. Obviously.
For a little context, I work 50-60 hours a week normally and things are about to get EXTRA CRAZY with the holidays coming up (I work in a bakery, in case you were wondering. One word: PIE. So many pies….). I haven’t been sleeping enough plus working a lot PLUS miraculously keeping up with AoJ fic schedule. A lot of other things I’ve let slide in my life. I’m running on fumes and need a little break. Two weeks is what I’m thinking, maybe a little longer.
To be clear, I will still be writing as much and as often as I can!! I just won’t be posting them yet. With a little cushion room and getting ahead on fics, I’ll feel much better and I hope to be less stressed moving forward.
BUT ANYWAY. I thought I’d give a little sneak peek at fics I’ve been writing and wanted to write but haven’t had time plus my continuing series.