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 six tips to help you maximize your study time and managing the stress.
Athletes dedicate much of their time making sure they fuel their body 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, 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 feel sluggish.
Foods that contain lots of caffeine (like coffee) can also increase your stress level. Eating well-balanced meals is key to helping your body manage stress.
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. This way, there’s no stress when it comes time for that big test because you’re already prepared.
Worried you’ll forget an assignment? This is when a planner or even just a simple calendar becomes beneficial. 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.
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 and get moving
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 to 15 minute break for every hour you study.
Feeling stressed? Go for a run, take your kids to the park or do some yoga. Anything that gets your blood pumping can help relieve stress and give your brain a break. Make sure you give yourself time to do things just for fun such as reading or keeping up with a hobby. Taking time off from studying to do something you enjoy can help relieve stress.
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 and less stressful.
Can’t find a quiet place to study? The South College campus offers a library and computer lab students can study in. Come study with us and contact us today!