I hope you’ve enjoyed part one of time management. Now let’s talk about the nitty gritty for planning study time.
- Plan for regular blocks of study time for the day everyday.
- Blocks should be designated for your ‘best’ study time of the day, or when you find yourself to be most productive. Perhaps, you are an early morning or mid-afternoon studier like myself.
- It’s so important to make time allotment decisions based on your needs and your learning style(s). Not everyone learns at the same pace.
- Studying on a scheduled basis everyday is important. If you decide to study in between other tasks, you will find that often the time has just flown by. You’ll realize you didn’t put in enough study time for the day.
- Incorporate breaks and free time into your schedule.
- You really want to take full advantage of scheduled study breaks.
- Breaks within these blocks of time should be used to re-energize you. I usually like to get up and move around for a little bit. I’ll spend about 5-10 minutes walking around outside, breathing in the fresh air, getting some much-needed vitamin D, sipping on some water, and eating my snack.
- Remember to take breaks at logical breaking points, not in the middle of topics.
- Particularly difficult material may require more frequent breaks.
- Identify a dedicated study space.
- For me, I require a study space that is free from distractions to maximize my ability to concentrate for certain periods of time. Others may require a study space with a bit of background noise. Bottom line: choose a space that is best for you.
- Plan to have a ‘back-up’ study space just in case your favorite spot gets snagged.
- Plan goals for each study period.
- If you’re unable to follow through on your study plan, then schedule some “catch up” time in your upcoming study plan.
I hope you’ve found this series to be helpful—until next time!