I find it is easier to be more efficient at studying and doing my classwork when I stick to my study routine. When I have a plan, I have a purpose and it’s easier for me to get things done.
Here are a few ways you can adjust your routine to make your studying both more productive and enjoyable.
Find a time that works for you
I start by choosing a day and time that works best for me. This gives me an opportunity to prepare myself mentally for the task at hand, and it also decreases my anxiety about an upcoming exam or assignment. I know that if I have a plan, I will succeed.
I also make sure to schedule study breaks, depending on the length of the assignment, to de-stress and give myself an opportunity to reflect on the information I’ve just reviewed.
One can never go wrong with an organized study space. In order to give an assignment my full, undivided attention, I try to minimize distractions in my environment. I don’t like working in cluttered spaces, so I look for areas that are neat and spacious. The energy in the room can also help me stay more focused. For example, I often prefer to study in a library, coffee shop or near a lake if my home is not an option. These places bring me peace and comfort. Finally, I have discovered that I’m more focused whenever I have light music playing in the background.
Find ways to make studying fun or enjoyable
I was never a fan of studying until I found ways to make it enjoyable. I am a visual learner, so incorporating creativity into my studies has become an excellent tactic for me. I often create memory games or draw visual aids, such as graphs, charts or diagrams. This makes studying fun and motivates me to learn the material. This method also helps me achieve a better understanding of things that may initially seem difficult to grasp. Most importantly, it helps me identify the concepts I understand and the topics I need to spend more time on.
My consistent study habits allow me to achieve my goals, and I like being able to personalize my study routine to fit my schedule and my needs. Why not set the tone for your own study success? Test out different study spaces and methods, and see what works best for you!