There are two main things that are going to affect your study: how well you look after yourself, and how good your study methods are. The more you look into these two things, the more interconnected they become.
The further into your studies you get, the harder it becomes to have proper self-care. But, there are a few basic things you can do to get a leg up on this.
There are articles all over the internet that talk about the importance of sleep, especially for students. But when it’s nearly midnight and you’ve just remembered you have an exam tomorrow morning, sleep doesn’t seem so important. Except it still is. If you walk into your exam having spent all night cramming, you might remember some things but more likely you’re going to be having a hard time even forming a sentence, or you might be falling asleep on the paper. Getting enough sleep is vital for allowing our brains to take in and store the knowledge we’ve learnt throughout the day.
What good is sleep though when you really haven’t studied for that exam at all? Well at that point there’s not much you can do. But you can do your best to avoid that outcome. Putting aside just ten minutes a day to write up a to-do list or figure out how much study you want to do that day can help you avoid the all-out rush at the end.
As much as you may want to just keep going and get it all done right now, chances are you’re not going to remember everything very well, or that paragraph you just wrote won’t even make sense when you read it tomorrow. Study breaks, just like sleep, help us actually take in the knowledge and let us have a bit of a rest. One option could be to set a timer so that every hour you can have a twenty minute break.
Having healthy and variable food is going to be much better for you and your study than junk food all the time. Healthy food can be expensive but there are ways to have it without breaking the bank. You could try splitting the meals with your flatmates, so that you’re all chipping in, or you could make sure to cook things that will go a long way. But, dinner, lunch, dinner, lunch and dinner again can give you healthy food, but it lacks the variety you need, so it’s worth freezing meals like this to alternate them.
Fun is also very important to your wellbeing and your study. It’s not good for our bodies to be go go go all the time. While it might seem impossible sometimes, it’s always worth trying to make time for a little fun, even if all you can do is grab a coffee with a friend before class; every bit of fun is worth it. Make sure to do something that you enjoy to avoid burnout.
Writing your notes
Writing out your notes might seem like a waste of time; especially if you prefer to take them all on your laptop initially. But writing out your notes again can be super helpful. Just typing on a computer or trying to rote learn by reading over and over isn’t going to work so well for most people. But writing them out and actually thinking about them as you do means that remembering things takes a lot less effort. And the less effort you can put into actually studying while still being effective, the more time you can spend going out with friends or enjoying your hobbies.
Tell your friend
Another great way to remember things more effortlessly is to talk things out. Sitting down with a friend and telling them about what you’re learning and trying to remember can help a lot. You’ll be surprised at what things you do know and you’ll figure out what things you need to focus on more. And if you don’t have a friend, or at least one that’s willing to listen to you blather on about the Resource Management Act, then you can also just talk out loud to yourself. Try making some flashcards with a hint on them and talk as much as you can about that thing, then flip it over and see what you still need to learn.