Hi gorgeous reader,
For the majority of people, starting a six-hour study day can be extremely daunting. However, there are steps you can take beforehand to make beginning easier and the whole day much more productive.
It took me personally a long time to get into a good study routine, for many reasons. One is that I was so exhausted from school, I didn’t feel like doing extra work. Another was perfectionism, wanting my homework and notes to be perfect but not having the resources nor endless knowledge to accomplish that. Admittedly, laziness came into it too, more often than I would have liked. But by making myself take these steps and getting into a routine, I have found studying so much easier and a lot less stressful.
1. Get a good night’s sleep
The night before, make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep that your body needs. I can’t overestimate the importance of this, because both being sleep deprived or overslept will make you sluggish, irritable and overall much less productive, extending an already long study day.
Everybody needs different amounts of sleep, but generally 8 hours is a safe amount to prevent you feeling fatigued the next day. I tend to get a little bit more, but that’s what I need to feel refreshed and most productive!
2. Organise your study space
Before you sit down and start working, make sure you have everything you need prepared. Get all your assignments together and everything you need to complete those (calculator, textbooks etc) so that you don’t have to stop studying to get material when you’re on a roll.
3. Set a to-do list
When you sit down, it’s important to know exactly what you need to get done. Having some sort of structure to your study session will make you much more productive as you won’t be sat there picking and choosing what tasks to do. Write down all the tasks you need to get done and tick them off as you complete them; not only will this help you stay on track, but the act of crossing off each task will motivate you to do the next.
On the other hand, don’t try and set yourself too much work to do in one go. If you do, you risk feeling unaccomplished and demotivated despite having done sufficient work. So, be realistic with your timings and recognise your own limits regarding how long you can focus and how much you need to get done.
4. Stay hydrated
Similar to sleep, if you’re dehydrated before or during your study, your focus will be drastically reduced. Bring water with you when you’re studying, and sip at it as you work.
5. Put your phone in another room
This one is obvious, but difficult to actually follow. Having your phone on your person, or even on your desk, is going to distract you. By leaving your phone in another room, you are less likely to get up and get it then you are if it’s right in front of you, which is a blatant advantage for your focus levels. For those who really can’t resist going on their phone (I admit to being a culprit of this sometimes), apps such as Forest can be a good incentive not to use your phone for a set amount of time.
For those who don’t know what the Forest app is, I will link it here.
6. Don’t overwork yourself!
It’s very typical of teenagers to put too much pressure on themselves regarding grades, studying and perfection. Creating a healthy study routine is very important because studying for multiple hours every day will result in your burning out, dropping your grades and giving you the opposite outcome to what you worked for. Don’t feel guilty for taking days out of studying because as important as studying is, it’s equally as essential to give your mind time to rest, otherwise your information retention will plummet (yes, I am advocating the occasional Netflix binge watch…!).
These are my tips, and what work for me. I can’t promise these will all be immediately successful for you, but the key is to be flexible and keep trting until you find a system that works for you.
Thanks for reading!