5 Study Tips For Greater Efficiency
When students work and study simultaneously, they quickly become experts in time management and prioritising tasks. Most Australian Institute of Business students continue to work full-time throughout business school, meaning that study must be completed in the mornings, evenings and weekends. Those finding it difficult to find a balance are not alone – it takes great planning and commitment to work and study at the same time. When time is scarce, study sessions must be productive, which is not always easy to achieve. If you’re looking for study tips that will help you become more efficient, consider the below five.
1. Ensure you are prepared
When it comes to being efficient in any aspect of life, preparation is key. Wherever your place of study is, you must prepare ahead of time and ensure that you have everything you need for a consistent session. This includes a plan for how you’ll use your time as well as textbooks and learning materials, stationery, food and drink, the appropriate technology and any additional accessories that may be required (i.e. headphones). When you’re missing one of these essential items, it’s amazing how quickly you can get distracted or lose motivation. It can help to prepare a list of study items, and before you leave the house, ensure that you have all of them. In addition, creating a study schedule and sticking to it can be one of the best study tips you can adopt.
2. Approach study in the right mindset
When we approach an activity feeling negative, stressed or unmotivated, chances are we’ll continue to feel that way throughout. Study should only be done when we’re feeling positive and interested, otherwise we’re at risk of being unproductive and forgetting a lot of what we revise. If you’ve had a bad day or need to take some time out, give yourself some time to relax and lift your mood before you jump straight into study. This will help put you into the right mindset and ensure that you get the most out of your hard work.
3. Select an appropriate study space
This is one of those study tips we hear time and time again, yet so many of us continue to work in front of the television, or in a space full of distractions. If you’re looking to be more efficient, you must set yourself up in a quiet, well-lit area that is equipped with everything that you need to get the job done. This includes a comfortable chair and a desk, with necessary technologies such as Wi-Fi. If you limit the sources of distraction and potential technical difficulties, you’ll be on track for a productive study session.
4. Identify the way you learn
Identifying and understanding the way(s) that you learn best is one of the most important steps for greater efficiency. For some, they learn by listening, whereas others prefer to read. Some prefer to take notes by hand to aid memory, while others prefer the efficiency of note taking on a computer. There is no right or wrong approach, but you need to find out what your learning strengths are and work to them. If this differs from your peers, this is not a bad thing – we’re all different and that’s what makes such a dynamic network of students.
5. Look after yourself
One of the greatest study tips that you can adopt doesn’t involve study at all – it involves looking after your physical and mental health. If you’re not in peak health, chances are you’ll struggle to concentrate even when you’ve applied the above four study tips. Looking after yourself doesn’t just relate to what you eat, it also includes getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and limiting stresses. If you’re overdoing it, you’re at risk of burning out, so listen to your body and adjust accordingly.
What do you think?
Do you have any study tips to add to this list? In such a fast-paced world, we’re all looking to be more efficient in everything we do – share your thoughts below to join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.