Make the most out of your time

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION - WHYTE By ELLEN

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,

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