How to set regular study hours and avoid ‘study creep’Posted on 14/08/2019 by Jess O'Connor
One challenge of studying from home is knowing when to clock off.
Unlike a classroom environment, there’s no firm end to your day – you have the freedom to set your own hours.
Of course, this flexibility is a huge benefit – but only if you strike the right balance between work and rest.
Here are some tips to help you set regular study hours and avoid ‘study creep’ (when study creeps into all areas of your life).
1. Create a study plan
Map out the time you will allocate to study and other commitments. Your study plan will become your guiding light, helping you to prioritise your time accordingly.
When you start studying with ITC Study From Home, your tutors will help you develop a study plan. In the meantime, read ‘How to create a study plan (and stick to it)’ for more information.
2. Set up a home office space
One of the best ways to define the start and end of your ‘study day’ is to create a dedicated space just for study.
When you walk into your study space, you’re in study mode. And when you leave, you’re off duty! Of course, this isn’t always possible, especially if you don’t have an extra room.
If you’re short on space, try draping a tablecloth over your computer and study tools when your study day is over, so you can feel a sense of detachment.
3. Track your time
Instead of studying for regular hours (e.g. from 9 am to 5 pm each day), some people find it helpful to aim to study for a certain number of hours each week (e.g. a minimum of 20 hours).
Whenever you sit down to study, track your time so you can get a good sense of how long you’ve spent studying that week. If it gets to Thursday and you’ve only clocked up four hours, you’ll know you need to put in more time over the weekend.
4. Prioritise sleep and exercise
If you can, try to get enough sleep and incorporate some gentle exercise into each day – even if it’s just a 20-minute walk around the block.
Rest and exercise will make you more productive when you do study, meaning you’ll hopefully get through the work in less time.
That said, fitting in sleep and exercise into your study schedule can be trial and error. If you fall behind or simply have a lot on, you might have to pull a few late nights to make up for lost time.
5. Talk to your tutors
All the Study From Home tutors are experts in time management and can help you make the most of your precious hours, while still leaving enough time for family and work.
The tutors want to see you thrive, not just survive, throughout your Study From Home journey, so make the most of their expertise, tips, and knowledge.
They can help you to determine how much time you should be putting into study and how much time you can set aside for other commitments.
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