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Save time and effort as well as create an environment where you can excel with our study tips.

Prepare for Successful Studying

Modern-day studying requires a lot more independent work. Whether it is due to the increased use of technology and digital materials as a result of digitalisation, or the COVID-19 pandemic, students across the world have needed to adapt how they study and develop new skills. It isn’t always easy to stay disciplined without guidance, this means that students can often fall into bad habits such as cramming, overloading themselves with work, and postponing tasks until the last minute. This can often lead to failure or underachieving.

Are you unsure about some of the best ways to study? Or struggling to stay organised? You’re not alone, that’s why we have put together some tips and methods to improve your time management, learning skills as well as the environment you learn in so you can fulfil your potential. You will also find apps and tools which can help you to do this, so check them out!

How to Manage Your Time Effectively

You want to find the right balance between studying, work and social or family commitments. Everyone needs time to unwind or have fun without sacrificing their grades, that’s why it’s important to plan and structure your time. Here are a couple of methods that can help you to successfully manage your time.

Eisenhower-Matrix
Time management with the ALPEN method

Create the Perfect Learning Environment

There are many factors and conditions which affect your concentration and motivation, make sure you set your study space and yourself up for productive learning. We have split them into three categories to pay attention to.

Learning Location

The location you work in has a big effect on how well you work, libraries offer the advantage of having very few distractions, as well as being spaces designed to be well lit and well ventilated.

However, not everyone has access to a library. If you’re studying at home, the best way to find a study location is to divide your work and leisure spaces. Don’t study next to distractions such as your tv, smartphone, or near you bed. If that proves too hard, there are apps which help to block distracting websites and apps. You should create a mental division between your work routine and your free time activities.

Learning Environment

You should be working in a clean, well-lit, well-ventilated, and silent environment. Make sure to clean before you begin, as it creates order and stops you from cleaning to procrastinate later.

A space with good natural light is important and stops you from getting tired quickly but avoid sitting in front of a window and in direct sunlight as they can be distracting. Also, ensure you have enough lighting to continue studying after sundown, blue light helps improve concentration. Open the window regularly to get more air in, it helps to get more oxygen to the brain. 

Learning Tools

Your desk and chair are very important tools, so they need to be up to the job. Your desk needs to be big enough for all your learning materials, 160cm wide and 80cm deep is a good size. Next is the chair, it should be set at a comfortable height where your feet are firmly on the ground with your knees at a 90-degree angle. Chairs with adjustable backrests are also useful as you can vary your position over the day, helping your back.

Remember to have all your equipment ready to go, this is another way to avoid procrastination looking for a book or pen.

Apps to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

There is an app for everything these days! And study aids are no exception. Here are a few which will help you in different aspects of your studies.

Organising Tasks and To-Do Lists
Limit Distraction and Stop Procrastination
Manage Your Notes
Word Processing

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