When you are studying for a big, important exam, every study session counts. It is important to make sure that they are as productive as they possibly can be. However, this is often easier said than done. When you sit down to studying, things that you wouldn’t normally worry about become your main concern. Like watering the plants, vacuuming under the bed and cleaning out your underwear drawer. This is what we call procrastination. Most of us will suffer from procrastination when studying, some more than others. However, with these tips you can avoid this unproductive habit and get the most out of each and every study session.
Study at the library – You may not like this tip, but it is a helpful one. Studying at home means you are far more likely to distracted by things that, at the time seem important, but actually aren’t. Also, if your TV, video games console and other entertainment devices are in sight and within reaching distance these will be major temptations. The library is conducive to study. It is quiet and is full of educational resources.
Switch off your cell phone – People think they can’t be without their cell phones for a second, or they’ll miss out on something important. The truth is, if you switch off your phone for a couple of hours, the likelihood that anything will happen or that anyone will notice, is minimal. If it would give you peace of mind, set an answering message on your phone letting callers know that you are busy studying, but you will return their call as soon as possible.
Hire a tutor – With private tuition to help you with SAT prep or other exam, you are far less likely to procrastinate. Otherwise, it would be a waste of money. A tutor will also help you stay motivated and disciplined as you will meet up on a regular basis, and you will be set tasks to complete.
Study with a friend – This tip isn’t always helpful for every student. Be realistic with yourself, if you study with that friend are you likely to spend most of your time chatting and discussing how much you hate studying. On the other hand, find studying with someone else helps them to stay focused and motivated. Pick who you study with carefully and avoid huge study groups as the more people, the more likely you are to get distracted.
Study in blocks – It’s a wise idea to divide your day into study blocks. When you are preparing for an exam, regular breaks are really important for concentration and overall performance. These breaks will also allow you to deal with things that may be distracting you, like hanging out the washing. Once you’ve done this, you can go back to studying with a clear and concentrated mind.
Everybody is different when it comes to studying. It’s important to be honest with yourself when it comes to your bad habits. This will allow you to deal with them which will lead to more productive study sessions.