1. Make a study plan
The best way to manage your workload is to create a plan of how you will complete your assignments and prepare for your evaluations. First, prioritize your workload and map out the time you will need for each task. Next, on a calendar, write down when and for how long you work on each task, and what needs to be accomplished during that time. For example, allot 4 hours on Wednesday to write 2 1/2 pages of an essay and 2 hours to study 1 chapter of psychology.
Planning your study time will alleviate your stress as it will allow you to know that you can get everything done on time if you stick to your plan. This will also save the stress of rushing to get things done last minute.
By setting attainable goals for each study time your energy will be focused to complete your work in the most efficient amount of time possible. You can set long-term goals such as finishing an assignment 2 days before the due date and short-term goals such as finishing your research for the assignment by Friday.
2. Designate a study spot
Find the study spots where you are the most productive. Do you work best in complete silence? Is working at home a hotbed of distractions for you? Does working in public places such as coffee shops and libraries help you focus? Have a primary study location so that each time you go to it, your mind and body will know it is time to get down to work.
Expert Tip: Try to avoid doing homework in your bedroom, especially in your bed. This can lead to difficulty sleeping.
3. Develop study strategies
There are many different study strategies, figure out what works for you. Begin by identifying what type of learner you are; are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner? From there, develop strategies that emphasize your study strengths. Some strategies that may work for you include;
- Discussing concepts with classmates to increase cognitive processing and help you remember them better
- Creating concrete examples from abstract concepts
- Summarizing notes
- Reading notes out loud
- Writing notes out by hand
- Using technology or applications to play games with material you have learned
- Having someone test your knowledge or doing practice quizzes
- Listening to lectures over again online
Your turn: Time is valuable, and Lynette’s 3 recommendations will certainly help. What is your best study tip? No gum while studying? Lots of breaks? A playlist of dolphin sounds? Share your best tip!