Ah, yes! It’s that time of year again. Time to dive into your textbooks, and make it happen! Got a lot of homework tonight? Try out this technique and let me know what you think!
Study in 15-20 minute intervals, and incorporate breaks into your routine!
Ever find yourself reading a textbook, and then find yourself having to read the page all over again three more times because you can’t stop thinking about that person you have a date with on Friday? I feel ya, but part of this is because on the inside you’re overwhelmed with the fact you have 3 days worth of homework you just have to get done in the next 4 hours. See my post Let’s Talk To-Do Lists! for help with that overwhelming feeling.
By studying 15-20 minutes at a time, you’re able to focus better, because you know that in 15 minutes you get to go on a break and Snapchat to your hearts’ content. During this 15-20 minutes of studying…
Put away your phone, turn off the T.V., and eliminate any distractions!
This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the material, be the most productive you can be, and retain the information. When it comes time for the break after the 15 minutes or so of studying, I would limit your breaks to 5-7 minutes. Why? If you don’t, you’ll be up all night, or doing homework for what feels like forever because your breaks are too long. Buuuuuuut, if you truly have SO MUCH HOMEWORK, then I understand that after the 5th or 6th study cycle you’d want to take a longer break.
Have a big test coming up that you just know will take all night to study for? Know you’ll have no time to cook? Try meal prepping the night before the test. Meaning, cook some extra dinner and set it aside in your fridge for the next night. That way, on one of your breaks you can just heat it up, and you don’t have to spend a bunch of time cooking a meal. Live in the dorms? Have a mini fridge? Stock some extra food in the fridge the night before so you’re not running around campus trying to find dinner during your study session.