Whether you’re working on your dissertation, a group project or revising for exams – give yourself the best chance of success with our top tips for creating the perfect study plan.
1. Manage you time
Start with your deadline – whether it’s an exam or submission date – and work back from there. This is the best way to figure out how much time you actually have. You can then create a study timetable that includes everything you need to get through.
Be realistic about how long you can work continuously and the number of hours you can do each day. It’s easy to over estimate what can be achieved. Spread you study throughout the day in manageable chunks, leaving yourself some leeway for unforseen distractions.
2. Factor in breaks
No one can maintain optimum concentration indefinitely – it’s important to give yourself time to recover and relax. Regular short breaks will improve your focus and boost your productivity. A short walk, a session in the gym, having a chat with a friend or even making a cup of tea – ensure your study plan gives you the time you need to recoup.
Don’t forget to give yourself enough time to cook healthy, balanced meals too. Poor eating habits can lead to fatigue, an inability to concentrate and consequently less effective study time.
3. Stick to it
Your study plan will only be effective if you adhere to it. Fix a paper version above your desk or check out one of the many study apps to keep you on track with regular notifications.
The more you follow your study schedule, the easier it gets and the more productive your studying will be. And do give yourself little rewards when you reach a milestone – you’d be amazed how effective chocolate incentives are at maintaining motivation.