Studying is not easy – actually, when you think about it, we are programmed genetically to learn as we go, so studying theoretical subjects is often a tiring thing. Many students suffer from stress, and whilst the effect of studying on students has only recently been studied in detail, the results prove that burnout is real.
It should come as no surprise; we are all different and learn at different rates and in different ways. Nevertheless, there are some things that we can do to make our study time more productive – and if you are struggling now and again, this one’s for you: here’s what you need to do to get yourself organised for studying.
Find your own place
Some people like to be left alone and study in the back corner of the library in silence. Other people like to study in the living area of their own house with the television as background noise whilst they keep an eye on little John. We all have our preferences – so find out where you feel most comfortable, and where studying happens to be most productive for you. Don’t just rely on instinct; try out different environments and see which fits you best.
Adjust your environment
You may have found the perfect place, but maybe some things are lacking (such as the aforementioned background noise, the right temperature in the room, or the furniture necessary to spread out all your study materials). Choose the right environment, and adjust it for your own productivity.
Organise your materials
You may be someone who doesn’t like to take notes or you like to study when there is some pressure (deadline) involved. However, disorganisation is your enemy. Be clean and organised with your study materials at all times. Tip: if you don’t like taking notes, you can record your lectures instead and have them professionally transcribed by transcription services. UK transcription services can be a big help.
Arrange your study time
Study is work, and work needs to be scheduled (as with free time). Have an agenda and stick to it. Studying for a short time on a regular basis is much better than studying for a long time once in a while.
Develop a network
We all need help at times, so make sure you know where to turn to. Develop a network for help and support.
Studying is not easy – it never was, and it never will be. However, you can make it much easier on yourself by following some simple rules and disciplining yourself to follow these simple rules. They’re simple, truly, but they do require some work. Good news: you’ll notice that once you start to work towards a better environment, a better study rhythm and a network of support, your energy will shoot through the roof – and that’s already half the battle.
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