At South College, we recognize that you have a busy life outside of the classroom. In order to succeed in your college education, you have to carve out study time, which can be difficult with a busy family or full-time work schedule. Since time can be limited, here are five tips to help you maximize your study time.
Athletes dedicate much of their time making sure they fuel their bodies correctly so they can perform at the top of their game in their sport. Your brain is a muscle and, just like the rest of your muscles, you need to make sure you feed it foods high in protein like nuts and meats to ensure high performance. Avoid carb-heavy foods right before studying, as they can make your brain and body feel sluggish.
Stick with a schedule
You’ve got a busy schedule, so it’s important to block off time in your calendar to study. It can be incredibly hard to stick with a study schedule, but the payoff is enormous. Whether it is a small chunk of time everyday, or a longer amount of time just a few times a week, you’ll feel better knowing you are prepared.
Worried you’ll forget an assignment? This is when a planner or simple calendar is beneficial to helping you stay organized. You can add all your assignments to it, so everything you have to do is in one place.
Focus, focus, focus
Turn off the music and the TV, and go to a quiet space where there aren’t distractions. Have a significant other play with the kids or let your roommate know you have to study. Don’t let distractions take away from the time you carved out for studying.
Also, if Facebook or email is a temptation while you’re writing a paper or memorizing chapters, you can install browser extensions that block certain sites for a set period of time.
Take a break
Giving yourself a mental break is important to avoid burn-out and curb frustration if you’re struggling with a particular task. Go for a walk, play with your kids or catch up on Twitter – anything that will allow you to relax. A good rule of thumb is to take a 10-15 minute break for every hour you study.
Learn how to study
College professors stress the importance of studying, but not all students really know how to study. Do some research online and find strategies for effective studying. It may take some trial and error to find out which strategies work best for you, but once you find them, studying will become a lot easier.
Can’t find a quiet place to study? The South College offers libraries and computer labs for students to study. Come study with us!