College students lead very busy lives. They may have part time jobs, be involved in various organizations or groups on campus, have to attend classes, and then of course, they want to have fun. No matter how high up studying is on any college student’s priority list, they may not know how to make the most of the time they do spend studying. Learning how to make the most of that time will reduce the amount of stress that students often feel and make for much more productive and efficient studying in the first place.
Here is a look at some ways to make the most of the time you spend studying.
*Set aside blocks of time for studying –
By setting aside blocks of time for studying, and putting those times on your schedule, you are telling yourself that this time is reserved for study. There are certain times at which you go to class, to work, meals and other things, so scheduling time to study is a way of forcing yourself to recognize the importance of this time.
*Limit distractions –
The best studying is done when you can sit down focus on the work you need to get done during that amount of time without worrying about any type of distraction or disruption. That means that you should turn off your cell phone if it’s likely that your friends will call. If you are at home, don’t answer the telephone. Allow your machine to pick it up. Don’t get caught up in other things.
*Find an appropriate place to study –
Different people like to study under different circumstances. For some students, the noise of things such as other people talking, a radio, a television or other noise, whether it is coming from outside or inside doesn’t bother them at all. For other students, the quieter the place where they are studying, the better. If you know that you need quiet, then the best thing you can do is find quiet places where you can study comfortably. Maybe that place is the library.
*Know what your assignments are –
Many students waste a tremendous amount of time looking through their notes, the class syllabus or other material to figure out what the next assignment is. This type of disorganization can be avoided if you plan ahead and know exactly what you will have to study during each block of time you allocate for studying.
*Know when to stop –
Sometimes you will find that you are too distracted, too tired, too stressed out, hungry or preoccupied to study effectively. At this point, continuing to force yourself to study any longer is a waste of time. Be honest enough with yourself to know when you reach this point. When you do, accept that it is time to stop. You can always go back to what you were studying when you are rested and refreshed.
*Manage your time effectively –
There are only 24 hours in a day. When some of those hours are taken up with work, going to class, going to discussion groups, science labs or having to do other things for your classes, it’s easy to wind up with a packed schedule. It doesn’t matter how much or how little free time you have; learning how to budget and manage your time properly will help to make those study sessions more productive.
Although the obvious focus of being away at college should be on one’s education, there is more to that education than going to classes and doing homework. College is a chance to experience new things in life and to see what life away from home is like, albeit in a microcosm. That experience needs to be a balance of everything: going to class, studying, working part time, being involved in various aspects of campus life, but it also means allowing yourself to have some fun. It’s important to schedule that time for fun, just as you do the time for study.
Nothing will help you make the most of your study time in the way that knowing you can have fun, participate in things and still go to class, study and get good grades will. The key to making that a reality is to make the most of the time you spend studying.