I have not always been good at studying at home. There were a lot of distractions and I personally found it difficult to be productive. Over the past few years I’ve been working on how to improve at studying at home. So here are my top 5 tips for being productive while studying at home.
Make sure that you have a daily routine. This can be an everyday morning routine, for before you start your studying, or a routine for after your breakfast to ensure you stay on track with your studying. This way you can also get chores or other activities out of the way before you start studying to relieve stress.
- 7:00-7:30 meditation
- 7:30-8:30 workout
- 8:30-9:00 breakfast
- 9:00-12:00 studying
- 12-13:30 Lunch
- 13:30-18:00 studying
Making a schedule makes sure that every day has some free time, such as in the evening, to relax from studying. It can also help planning studying for in between classes and making sure you have enough time to cook lunch or dinner and have healthy studying habits.
It is important to have a separate study space where you live. This could an office room in your house, a desk in your bedroom or a desk in your living room. You need a space which is designated for studying or working. Keeping this separate space helps you keep your focus. This also helps ensure that when you are done studying or working that you can relax and not worry about work, since you left that space you were studying.
A few years ago I used to try to study on my bed or on the couch in my living room but as a result I had difficulty sleeping and had difficulty staying focused on my work. Once I switched to a designated study area in my home, I could sleep again and I found it easier to focus on studying for longer.
Plan regular breaks. Studies show that you cannot focus for longer than around one hour on a task so why force yourself to study for hours upon hours without a break. Breaks help increase the efficiency of your study sessions. These breaks can be short breaks after a certain amount time or after tasks or longer breaks in the middle of your study sessions. It took me some trial and error to figure out which breaks worked best for myself while studying.
An example of implementing breaks into your schedule can be:
- at 10:00 have a 20 to 30 minute break; and
- at 15:00 have a 20 to 30 minute break
- after each chapter have a 20 minute break
- after 60 mins of studying have 10 minute break
- after 30 minutes of studying have a 10 to 15 minute break
Make sure that during these breaks you stay hydrated and get all your meals. I always make sure that I have a study snack with me for my mini breaks, such as chocolate or fruit, and I always bring tea and water with me to study. That way I don’t have to get up for snacks or drinks during my study sessions.
I always plan something fun to do after studying. This could be an activity on the weekend, something to do at the end of the day or a show to watch during your break. This always helps to give me a little more motivation to finish my goals. If you know you need to study for an exam or finish an assignment but also want to go see a movie the weekend before, plan this out. Therefore, you are extra motivated to achieve those study goals on time and still have everything planned and finished on time to do that fun activity you wanted to do.
Make a study plan. Write down for each day what you want to accomplish; such as reading a certain chapter, finishing your notes or preparing your exam notes. If you make sure you have a plan of what you want to achieve and set a timeline of when to achieve this, it keeps you focused and able to track what you are doing everyday. This also helps make sure you achieve what you need by that deadline and ensure you are not stuck rushing things at the end. This means I don’t have to stress because I know I have enough time to finish it. I can use this to plan around days I have to work or go to classes. I also plan free rest days into my schedule. Having a good study plan makes this all possible!
I hope these tips help you to figure out how to make the most of studying at home and be successful at it too. Please leave a comment down below if you liked this post or have any suggestions for future posts you’d like to read. Please follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed this post and I will see you again next week, for my weekly blog!