Make the most out of your time
NEED some quality study time? Here’s how you can make the most of your resources.
Pick a time
Everyone has his or her peak hour when the body and brain work best together. Figure out when your best time of the day is. If you learn best at dawn when the birds start to sing, make that your study time. If you like to work an hour after dinner, block that time for your books.
Build a sanctum
Create a space where you can focus and learn. Set up a good desk where everything is within reach. Use a radio or sound system to block out unwanted noise, but make sure you play familiar stuff so the sounds do not distract you from your work. Avoid rooms with televisions and other distractions.
Inform your friends
Now you have a regular study time and space, tell your friends they should not disturb you at those times. Be brutal about it – switch off your mobile phone and don’t entertain any distractions. You are putting in time now to ensure a bright future, so don’t let anyone hold you back.
Limit study time
It sounds crazy but studying too much is counter-productive. Your brain can only take in a certain amount of information at a time.
Trying to squeeze in too much in one sitting is futile; you’ll only become tired, confused and frustrated. Put all your energy into your study sessions and then take some time to recharge.
Start a study group
A regular study group session will provide you with a chance to go over notes, give and receive a little informal tutoring and infuse your brain with new ideas for projects and essays.
One note of caution – studying with friends is great but don’t end up in a gossip session. Be ruthless with time-wasters! –
A regular study group session will provide you with a chance to go over notes, give and receive a little informal tutoring,