It would be wonderful if we were naturally the perfect students – able to study and pick up information quickly. The reality is that often studying does not come naturally but there’s no need to panic as there are plenty of tools and tips to help you become a study superhero. These are just some of our favourite tips.
USE THE POMADORO TECHNIQUE
Chunk your time into sections of intense focus followed by rest/reward e.g.
If you’re easily distracted you need to make sure you remove all temptation, if your distractions are digital but your phone on silent or remove it from your study space, use app blockers on your laptop. If you distractions are more physical find a space where those things are less likely to bother you
GIVE YOURSELF A HIGH FIVE
You need to find a reward structure that works for you – whether that’s playing a quick game on your phone, having a hot chocolate, watching half an hour of your favourite programme… when you achieve your study goals give yourself a reward as it will help motivate you and keep your focussed
JUST DO IT
It’s very easy to find reasons not to start things so one of our top tips for study success is to just do it. Stop finding excuses and start. It doesn’t matter how small that start is, the simple act of progress will create a positive attitude towards study that will perpetuate more motivation!
THE PERFECT PLACE
It’s important that you’re comfortable when trying on focus on something but also that there are minimal distractions – find a quiet, comfy corner or a lovely location where you feel able to relax and focus and you’ll find that you’re efficiency increases