How to make time for studyingPosted on 04/02/2021 by Hayley Clark
As we get back into the rhythm of education and study, it’s time to get back into good study habits as well.
Sometimes, it can feel like there simply isn’t enough time in the day, but the trick is really to make time. Set it aside and stick to it so you can stay on top of your studies and graduate this year ready to kick-start a career in travel, tourism, or aviation (or any industry!).
Here are our top tips for making time for study this year.
Spend a week counting your media time
Media, from television series and movies to podcasts, social media, and YouTube, are all fun ways to pass the time. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying watching your favourite shows or re-watching Harry Potter movies for the 100th time, but it might surprise you just how much time all of that really takes.
For one week, make note of how much time you spend watching shows, scrolling Instagram, or watching TikToks. At the end of the week, use the result to set a new goal.
For example, if you spent 30 hours consuming media this week, aim to cut that down to 15 hours next week. 15 hours is still plenty of time to relax and enjoy your favourite shows, but you will have saved 15 hours that you can spend studying instead!
Don’t try to do it all at once
You might look at your usual schedule and think that the only time you can study is on Sunday evenings.
Sunday is a great time to study, but you can’t expect to complete a full week of study within one sitting. There’s too much information to cover all in one go, and it’s more likely that you’ll feel overwhelmed and burnt out than up to date with your study.
Instead, break up your study into lots of time throughout the week. An hour or two here and there, a longer session on Sundays, and perhaps a regular time slot every weekday evening – breaking it up is a much more realistic approach and will help to ensure you don’t feel too overloaded.
Treat it like a job
When you have a job, you make sacrifices for it. You get a good night’s rest before a morning shift, you set an alarm and get up early for it, you turn down the offer of grabbing a coffee with a friend when you’re due to work (but reschedule the coffee for when you are free!).
If you think of your studies as a job, you’ll have an easier time making study a priority, rather than a last choice for how to spend your time. Once you have set your study hours, turn up on time just as you would with a job, and you’ll quickly get on top of your education.
Give yourself breaks
It might sound counterintuitive, but giving yourself regular breaks as you study can help you to get the most out of your study time.
After one hour of study, reward yourself with a quick walk, reading a chapter of your book, a YouTube video, or 15 minutes chatting with a friend. These breaks will give your brain a rest and ensure you’re refreshed and ready to go when you get back to your studies, so you can spend that time as productively as possible and get through your work faster.
If you find that you can never get much done without some kind of reward at the end – so be it.
A reward could be anything from a delicious snack to time spent gaming or even a nap. When you know there’s a reward waiting for you at the end of your study session (even if it’s a small one), that might help to give you the incentive you need to sit down and get the work done.
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