Building up study habits and more importantly, good study habits, helping you attain your goal easily are essential skills. Some of us are able to study better alone, while some can retain facts better by group studying.
There may be various ways you have studied in college or in high school, but all that changes when you are in the comfort of your home.
But getting into that comfortable zone at home does throw you off your study schedule a little. You may not be the best planner in the world, OR you have figured out the best study methods, but you still could’ve have missed out some key details.
Gear up to find out some ways you can improve your study methods at home.
1. Minimize your distractions
The most important tip here! SWITCH OFF YOUR NOTIFICATIONS. This helps so much!
I never have my notifications on, and I’ve let the others know that too.
So when I am not replying to their messages it doesn’t mean I’m in danger! and in cases of emergency, just drop a call!
This has to be the best method I know that has helped me scale up my study hours. those 2-minute breaks scrolling through social media or replying to a few DMs add up to a lot, A LOT!
This may take some practice but eventually, you will be able to stay longer without your cell phone. Without checking up on people, without getting constantly distracted.
Start by putting on a timer. If you find that you keep checking your phone, keep it away from your study area.
Another tiny little thing that helps me a lot is this app called Forest. It’s really popular in the study “community” and it’s super cute!
This is essentially a timer app that helps you focus by planting a tree! If you leave the app the tree will die.
There’s also an option to plant trees together with friends too!
( PS :- If you’re out dining with friends you can plant a tree together to ensure that no one is distracted by their phones )
I will do a full review for the app in coming blog posts because it is seriously so helpful!
Tell your family about your schedule and what time you are going to study if you really want to get your work done. They can help you out by giving you some alone time or helping you keep your breaks to a minimum
2.Create your workspace
Though it may seem obvious to have a dedicated space during the weeks we just end up having books, snacks, and coffee mugs all over the place. Then when we sit down to study we cannot find a single thing, which leads to us wasting time and being unproductive.
Most of us just clean up, arrange the desk and we’re done with it, but what about the half-page note you wrote or a random to-do list in your notes folder?
Decluttering will help you stay on track and help you stay organized so that you don’t end up wasting time on finding and end up getting frustrated which just disrupts the study flow.
3. Make a schedule:
Some people have every hour and every minute accounted for, while some do not. The most important takeaway here is if you don’t set up a schedule you will not be getting anywhere. The day will pass on in a blink without you being productive
Once you have a basic schedule you will be in a much better headspace knowing how your day is laid out and that you can get your study done.
Though the terms scheduling and planning seem interchangeable, planning is a more detailed approach to following your schedule.
When at home, though there is not much variation in your schedule, it’s important to prioritize your study goals so as not to keep them at the back of your mind and finish them off the first thing.
The most crucial step in getting your academic goals accomplished is planning out your study time, even if you are not a heavy advocate of planning everything to the T.
Get into the habit of planning out your study time and breaking it into small tasks.
Even a simple to-do list will help you out immensely!
Prioritize the most difficult subject.
Write down your assignment dates.
Make time for revisions too
Before you set down to plan and schedule, close your eyes and think of why you want to study. It could be to improve your academics, to clear out your backlogs, to finish up the syllabi early to take a week off or whatever your personal goal may be.
Keep that in mind and before you sit down to study always think of it. Say it out loud and then start!
This will pump you up to make sure your study schedule goes as planned with as much zest as you set out for!
6. Find your source of inspiration and stick to it
Sometimes when none of your study strategies work, you can’t help but get distracted.
Go back to what inspired you to study, was it to get an A grade and make your parents proud. Was it to get into your dream college?
Or is your role model the real inspiration?
Find a picture, video, a speech, or anything that works as a motivation for you and keep it around you. Make sure it is something really strong and that drives you to study better and be more focused!
7. Try out different study strategies
Surfing through the web to find out the best methods to study, how to study effectively from home, the best strategies to study, study methods, all I could find was to study in groups or set up a timetable, have a study buddy or take care of your health. All these do work, but to avoid getting into a slump I always change up how I study a bit, it could be either walking and reading.
- Reading it out loud
- Teaching it to someone
- Changing up your space, sitting below the desk or on the couch or on the dining table
While this may not always be productive it does help get out the rut and adds a quirk to studying
8. Take breaks
It is very very very important to take scheduled breaks, but keep in mind that it is accounted for. A 5 min break can stretch into hours and by the end, you have lost your momentum. Or finish off some tasks during the break that keep you distracted during the time you sit down to study.
9.Reach out to others
Though all the other points listed above were to study at home better, you can still include your friends. You can set a goal together to finish up a unit or to finish up a certain topic and when you meet up next you can discuss and be done with that topic.
This keeps you going and makes sure you are done with that task.
Come back next week for another study for a blog post on study trend that’s been taking over on Instagram:)