7 Tips for Organising Your Study Time - A Student's Guide
October 5, 2015
Organise your study time - 7 Revision Tips for Students
Here are 7 tips for you to organise your study time and plan revision:
1. Divide your study periods in terms of minutes or units (1 unit = half hour). Start small, especially if you have difficulties concentrating. You can always build up the time you spend studying once you have established the habit, and as your stamina increases.
2. Study for 25 - 30 minutes, then take a break, even for a few minutes, and then continue. This gives the brain a chance to rest and to make sense of or consolidate the learning.
3. Write in exactly which homework you have in each study time slot. Dohomework on the night it is set (not the morning it is due). This approach helps you to remember, and you retain what you learned that day. Think of the 20/80 theory: you can lose up to 80% of your learning if you don't review it within 24 hours.
4. There is really no "best time" to study; it depends entirely on the individual. You might be a morning person, or you might come alive later on at night. Work around what you like, and what is practical. If you opt for evening study (or have to choose that time because it is the only time available) the general rule is to study early in the evening rather than late, because the brain gets sluggish and tired. Tiredness makes learning more difficult, and you retain less information for your time and energy.
5. How many hours of study depend on the points you are aiming for. Your baseline might be to have definite homework/study times (2 - 3 hours minimum) for each day (except maybe Sunday). But the higher the points you aspire to, the more hours you must put in (15 - 25+ hours weekly).
6. Other commitments: Work your timetable round your other commitments, but make sure you give yourself enough study time for the points you want.
7. Part-time work (for payment): Think carefully about your reasons for working. Obviously, if you need to work for essential that is one thing, but if it is for style, music and socialising, ask yourself: exactly what are your priorities? It is very tiring trying to study for an important exam while you juggle work, school and study.
Your choice. Your future.
Include some revision slots during the week. This will keep retention high and give you a real sense of achievement, and you'll be doing revision and exam preparation all year.