Study tips for procrastinators. I’m sitting at my desk attempting to write an article about how people should study; however, all I can think of is what I will cook for dinner and the laundry screaming my name from downstairs.
I’ve always struggled with procrastination, especially when completing projects. I am not sure why I put them off, maybe because they are so tedious to begin with. So here are my top study tips for procrastinators.
Organize your time
Yes, this is easier said than done, but it’s important to start being productive. Plan out your tasks, split them into manageable parts, then complete them one by one.
This way, you will feel that you have achieved something each time. Don’t put off on what can be done today. I know this is very repetitive but if you don’t want to face a big problem at the end of your ‘procrastination’ session, then do it.
Don’t waste the next day worrying about it because, in most cases, it just turns out to be just another night where you put off your work for an hour or two more than that.
Be ready when it’s time to begin studying by ensuring all of your materials are organized and in the proper place.
Get materials you like to use
Don’t procrastinate by spending money on fancy gadgets. Instead, purchase stuff you already have, such as binders and scissors, to create a unique look and feel for your binders/books. Consider buying cheap notebooks, pens, and pencils in bulk.
Make sure your surroundings are clutter-free
Desk clutter or distractions can make your studying time a burden. Keep your workspace neat and organized with a small space for textbooks, a few reference books, and some pens.
Establish a routine
Wake up early enough to get in some study time before work. During your lunchtime, study up a little. Take advantage of free time while you’re on a bus, train, or waiting in line. Study for a little bit every day. Establish a comfortable space and environment that sets the right tone for study time.
Get rid of distractions
Depending on what they are, this can be hard, but if they are things like the phone, TV, and computer, then you have to switch them off.
This way, you won’t be tempted to stop what your doing and check if he got back from work or if any of your friends replied.
If it’s a person distracting you, then the only advice I can give is don’t talk to them for a few hours if you have to stay home and study. It’s not as easy as that, though, and this is a common problem for me because I have friends who study with me, and we always end up talking about other things.
Find a distraction-free place
Find a space that’s free of phone calls, text messages, Facebook snaps, and tweets. Make it clear that it’s your space and you are unavailable until you finish studying. If you must text or call someone, do so when you get up to get water, or take a mini walk around the block.
Get a study partner
A study buddy can be great. It can help you study together, exchange ideas, and motivate each other to move forward with the task at hand. One way to find a study partner is by writing your name on a piece of paper, then passing it around to your friends.
Exercise first thing in the morning
Studies show that people who get up early and exercise feel more energetic and alert during the day. If you need to, throw on some workout clothes when you step out of bed to give your metabolism a jump start.
Use technology to your advantage
If you have a tablet, smart-phone or some way of recording lectures and taking notes through video, use this. There are easier ways to study effectively than in your textbook, and it’s a lot more fun!
Start studying now
If you have an important project due in a week, start studying for it NOW, instead of putting it off the next day and worrying about it later. You will have ample free time for other things, and you’ll feel less stressed with all the mental stress.
Take notes in the right way
It’s important to take notes in a way that explains your answers — not just key down what was said. Skim over the notes you wrote to see any errors or mistakes. If you’re taking notes from a book, note which pages contain the information you need.
Write out a to-do list
Write a list of what you need to do and keep it in front of you throughout your work time. This way, if you feel you are getting distracted or having trouble concentrating on what’s important, you can simply look at the list and return to it.
Use study breaks wisely
Take 15 or 20-minute breaks every hour with a good book or playing some music, but don’t go over the top and do whatever you feel like doing. Make sure to use those breaks wisely.
Complete a substantial portion of your homework assignments before the due date.
This will make studying for tests more manageable and less of a burden. It’s important to begin on time, especially if you need to worry about time restraints.
Learn how to self-motivate
Find the positive in your studies, like the sense of accomplishment. Find the reason why you’re studying, like the feeling of success or improvement.
When I feel as though I have been productive for an extended period, I always give myself a little treat: going out with friends or watching a movie. You have to remember to reward yourself, don’t punish yourself because you didn’t do what you had to.
Do something you enjoy, then study a little, then reward with a break. Come back and study for a little more and take another break.
Hang out with friends
When I procrastinate all day, I end up staying in bed until lunchtime or watching tv for the rest of the day.
This isn’t good, especially when its days that you’re supposed to be studying. So hang out with friends instead, do something productive like cleaning your room or something you don’t like doing around the house.
Dosage is important
It’s not wise to study all day, every day. Take breaks to replenish your physical and mental energy. If you don’t spend some time away from studying, you’ll burn out and lose interest in learning rather than gaining it.
Set yourself small goals
This is my favorite tip of all; set small, realistic targets. If it’s writing an essay, then aim to write for an hour, if it’s studying for exams, then try and study 2 hours a day. Set yourself a goal and schedule your time.
The key is to keep pressing on no matter how small the progress seems because you will feel so much better when you have completed it than if you do bits of it every day, which never gets done anyway.
Get some rest
Resting for extended periods is so important when studying. You’ll want to get enough sleep and not burn yourself out from all the studying.
Learning and mastering the art of studying is a skill that must be acquired. If you’re thinking about studying now, you already have the first step in doing so, awareness of your situation and its value. For many students, studying is not enjoyable, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you use the tips above.
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