Here are some of the very best ways to manage your studies and revision time:
Focus on your goals.
If you have goals but you tend to get distracted, start by focusing on what you need to achieve and what it will take to make it happen. A Time Management Matrix is perfect for this and will help you focus your attention.
Understand your patterns.
Maybe you get a burst of energy in the mornings, hit your stride at lunchtime, or think best in the late-night quiet. When are you most effective when studying?
Create an action plan.
When you plan to do something, create an action plan and give it all your focus. This could be when to create your notes or when to file them appropriately.
Take small steps.
All big things start with taking small steps. Breaking a big subject or topic down into smaller steps makes it achievable and easy to accomplish. “You can’t eat an elephant in one bite!”
Construct a system & study plan.
Whether it’s electronic or paper-based, centred on tasks or goals or events, something you purchase or develop on your own, find a study plan that works for you.
Structure your time.
Focus your energy on doing your most important activities when you’re most productive.
Procrastination is the top enemy of effective study, standing in the way of countless worthwhile goals. Get serious about becoming a person who gets things done now.
Do the hard things first.
Difficult tasks require more discipline. If you commit to doing the hardest things first, you will end up doing them with greater consistency and understanding them better.
Prioritise and re-prioritise your to-do list.
You can’t do everything, so learn to prioritise the important and let go of the rest. Keep monitoring this.
Create optimal deadlines.
It’s crucial to create deadlines for yourself to help you achieve your goals. Think through what you want to accomplish and make your deadlines challenging but realistic. Most of the time this is the date to hand in that assignment or exam day itself!
Learn what keeps you motivated and inspire yourself daily. This is key if you get caught out in a rut regarding studying.
Initiate a routine.
Routines increase productivity by making it easier to identify shortcuts and efficiencies.
Learn what it means to stay in motion no matter what comes your way. Momentum is key!
Manage your stress.
Whether it’s exercise, meditation, prayer, family time, or social life, find what de-stresses you and schedule it regularly into your study plan.
Being busy and constantly studying doesn’t make you productive. Take a break to reset your energy. Make sure you schedule time to refresh and recharge your batteries.
If you tend to get distracted or procrastinate, time yourself. You don’t want to fall into this trap in the exam hall. Commit to complete past papers under full exam conditions and with strict timing without stopping or distraction!
Silence everything that distracts you so you can fully focus and be as productive as you can be.
Limit social media.
Limit the amount of time you spend on such sites as Facebook and Twitter.
When you complete a set of tasks in a timely manner, give yourself a reward.
Learn to say no.
Saying yes to everyone is saying no to yourself. Know your priorities and your limitations and don’t commit to anything that doesn’t align with them, especially during important exam season.
Have a nightly ritual.
Get everything ready for the next day by having a nightly ritual. Also spend 10 minutes in bed before you go to sleep recapping key points – your mind will process these subconsciously as you sleep – possibly the most effective time you will have.
Get enough sleep.
Sleep is the foundational element that ties our health together. When you sleep enough, you have more energy and your mind will operate more effectively and efficiently. 7 to 8 hours is perfect!