By Sterlie Achille, Peer Advisor
The semester is coming to an end faster than we think and soon finals week will be here. Ever wondered about the ways you could you improve your studying and productivity?
Well, read on for some tips!
1) Do not take on unnecessary tasks
Time is the one thing money can’t buy. While it is tempting to go through every problem in the book or read every chapter listed on the syllabus, it is important to prioritize and narrow down your studies. Every exam will test on a specific set of materials. Make sure to focus on the areas your professor advises so that you are not overwhelmed. Focus helps to make a study session productive!
2) Create reasonable to-do lists
To-do lists help you keep in mind the things that need to get done and can help motivate you to be productive. However, to-do lists of more than 10 items are counter supportive to helping you reach your goals. Large lists set a large expectation that can be overwhelming or discouraging if everything from this list isn’t accomplished. Instead, attempt to limit your to-do lists with no more than 6 items at a time. That way you can prioritize your tasks even further and set realistic expectations.
3) Keep an organized working area
An organized workspace will help remove distractions and make for a more productive study session. The last thing you want to happen when motivation hits is to have to search for space to set down your work or fight back the flood of stuff on your desk.
4) Take Study Breaks
Studying for long hours is actually hurting you more than it is helping. If you spend more than 8-10 hours at a desk without moving around much, then you will notice that you have less energy. Productivity is not measured by the number of hours you sit at a desk. So take breaks! 10-15 minutes is usually a great refresher for going back to your task with a clearer mind!
5) Set Self-Imposed deadlines
(AVOID situations like the one above as much as possible)
Set a personal deadline and hold yourself as accountable to it as you would any other important cut-off date. Deadlines are often stressful. Unfortunately, they’re a necessary evil. You may not always meet them but, it will help you to avoid procrastination and get as much done as possible.
College is what you make of it! As the semester comes to a close, best of luck (and preparation) to end strong. Happy studying!