In life, there are two ways to study: the one where you spend 90% of the time rearranging your desk, surfing the internet and reorganising your iTunes collection, and the productive type where you knuckle down to get maximum information bang for your study buck. If you’ve stumbled upon this article, chances are you’re looking for some tips to achieve the latter. If you want to maximise your study time, here are five tips to boost your productivity.
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1. EnvironmentThe biggest distraction to studying is your study zone. The key is to find a quiet, conducive space, free from distractions, and get straight to the task at hand. And it doesn't have to be one single space.
It's a great idea to spread your study across a number of areas – a park on an appropriate day, then the library or your room on another or your room.
Ideally, at least one study zone should be a private space where you can spread out papers, set up your laptop and get to it, knowing that should you need a break, you can leave your work and return to it, untouched.This space should be set up with all the required items: stationery, internet access and enough heat or cooling to make the environment comfortable.
Organisations like Iglu, which provides student accommodation in Sydney and Brisbane, typically offer an array of study zones, from meeting rooms to quiet bedrooms where you can be guaranteed a reprieve from the social life of uni.
2. TimeIf you're planning to study, set aside the proper time to do it. That may mean setting yourself a timetable to complete an assignment or ensuring you sit down for two hours each day to work.
If you're a procrastinator, factor in that extra time for making yourself a last cup of coffee, ringing a friend or glancing at Facebook, then settle down to work.
3. Healthy SnacksIt's a well-known fact that a healthy diet increases your ability to retain information, so ensure you have healthy snacks in the fridge and a good wholesome meal in your belly.
A student's budget may be tight, but the most affordable foods are fruit and vegetables, so make sure they are your go-to snacks instead of sugar-laden quick bites like chocolate and candy.
4. ExerciseStudy should never be a case of all work and no play. To ensure you have enough energy for both, factor regular exercise into your routine. Exercise is renowned for ramping up your neurone production, meaning more brain power to absorb new information.
5. SleepYou cannot retain or process information without sufficient sleep, so set yourself up in a comfortable room that is conducive to resting well.Then try to get enough regular sleep to keep you healthy, resilient and functioning.
While study is a major part of any university experience, it's not the only factor. When you sit down to study, commit to it and do it well. Then you can enjoy all the other lifestyle benefits that being a student has to offer.