Doesn’t everyone want to have a productive study session? One with no procrastination and distractions? I definitely do! I’ve been applying a few different strategies over the past month, an I’ve compiled a list of the most helpful and effective strategies for you all!
Use Productivity Apps
Productivity apps are a key part of having a productive study session. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking you to rely on technology for everything, I’m just saying that productivity apps are really helpful. I use an app called Forest, which actually encourages you to put down your phone and use it less while studying. It is super helpful, and ever since I started using it, I’ve been able to get more done in shorter study sessions.
De-Clutter Your Workspace
Clear space, clear mind. Before you start a study session, make sure you clear your workspace. What I usually do is I remove unnecessary books or stationary off the desk, and only put what I need on the desk. For example, if I needed to work on maths homework, I would remove my science book, science textbook and English book and take out my maths book, pencil, pen, geometry set and calculator.
Keeps Some Snacks And Water Next To You
Before you start working, make sure you have a bottle of water and some snacks (hopefully healthy) next to you. If you want to work without getting distracted, and having to go get water if you feel thirsty, just have it next to you!
I know that some people may work better in large chunks of time, but it is very important to take breaks. If you study without taking breaks, your brain can feel overloaded and will not properly absorb or understand the information you are studying. So every 30 mins or every hour, get up, drink some water and stretch your body so you don’t feel too fatigued. Trust me, this will help you feel refreshed and ready for another block of studying!
Not everyone benefits from using mind maps, but if you are a visual learner, I suggest you try them out. Use lots of color, put some effort into your mind maps and do them neatly. This will be a change from your usual note making during your study sessions, and may make you feel more energized and interested in your work.
Bonus Tip : Use Flashcards
This tip is not just for having one productive study session, rather it’s for making all those productive study sessions count! Trust me when I say that flashcards are one of the most important aspects and strategies of studying. Condense your notes and mind maps near the start of your exam seasons, and write some flashcards using colors and highlighters. I am talking from personal experience when I say they are extremely helpful and make all those dedicated study hours count!
Remember to always wind down after study sessions with some calm music and a self-care routine. Don’t take too much stress or pressure on yourself! One important thing to remember is to reward yourself after a study session with a hobby or maybe some Netflix.
I hope these productivity tips helped you! Since a lot of you guys liked my post How To Slay Your Goals, which you can check out here if you haven’t already, I decided to write a lot more productivity and motivation content.
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