Hey students, how are you? How much syllabus have you covered? In this article, we are going to see how to study effectively at home for long hours and at the time of the exam how to manage your studies effectively.
A lot of us have the habit of procrastinating things and putting off the work as long as possible thereby not sticking to our study plans. So many of us had a question how to study effectively at home and at the time of exams?
So it’s very important to make a study plan which encompasses not only a TimeTable but also defines a methodology to follow a strong work ethic, self-discipline, right preparation&planning, prioritizing work, and having a sense of accountability for your learning outcomes. Remember “Grades don’t define you it just defines whether you get the stuff done or not”. So a way to get into the ‘study mode’ is by just starting and keep going until you are in that mode rather than waiting until it comes to you.
7 tips to study effectively at home for long hours
1. Focus on why you do what you want to do?
We easily get overwhelmed by the potential outcome the task is going to have but after a period no longer we have the motivation to continue with the tasks. The reason is a lack of clarity and purpose of why we need to do certain work. The solution is simple just write down 5 reasons as to why you want to complete this task and paste it in front of your study desk so that when you get discouraged, the ‘why factor’ will give you the power to stay focussed on the critical task at hand. Study until you are confident in what you know and that you will do well.
2. Plan a schedule of activities
As soon as you wake up in the morning after making your bed, try to make a To-do list of the important tasks that you will be doing throughout the day. It gives you a better understanding of the flow of activities and how much time you need to devote to every task at hand. This way of jotting things down gives you the power to organize the day as you want and gives room to be super productive
3. Break down the task
Don’t overwhelm yourself if you have huge tasks piling up. You don’t have to do it the first day and you shouldn’t do it the last. Relax, breathe and break down the task into bite-sized chunks. Keep telling yourself that it’s easy or it won’t take that long. This is a super productive hack as no matter how big the task is you can complete it within your time as you do it in small pieces. And yes don’t forget to reward yourself after completing every task no matter how small – it gives you self-satisfaction and a sense of relief.
4. Clean up your space & study in a consistent place.
Clean your surroundings before starting, the less the clutter the more your mind will be clear helping you improve focus and peace of mind. A dedicated specific space with fewer (if no) distractions is ideal for efficient and focused studies. It will help you keep things organized. Establishing study habits is extremely important. Knowing what and when you’re going to study saves a lot of time in making decisions.
5. Procrastination is the key barrier.
You choose the pleasant and lovely bits of life over the challenging and tedious; it’s entirely rational, understandable, and makes perfect sense. Experts define procrastination as the voluntary delay of some important task that we intend to do, despite knowing that we’ll suffer as a result. However, procrastination is followed by a series of negative emotions such as guilt, doubt, inadequacy, self-loathing, etc., and results in stress and anxiety. But just remember there is no right time, mood, vibe, or place – start now.
But How to Avoid Procrastination?
- Face your fears: control them and get done with the work in hand. Success does not come from finishing, it comes from starting.
- Focus on completion over perfection: Just trying and doing it OK is better than not starting at all. Celebrate the small movements of achievement and don’t forget to reward yourself.
- Identify the tasks that are important in achieving your goals: Follow the 80/20 rule and also the Pomodoro technique is highly effective if you tend to procrastinate. Some apps like Forest and Marinara timer are good to keep you productive.
- Remind yourself of the consequences of procrastination: Try to complete several small tasks to provide a feeling of accomplishment. Reward yourself after the task completion.
6. Stick to your Schedule:
A study plan works best when it is followed consistently. Differentiate between leisure and learning. Start initially with a 30 minutes study session and increase it by 5 minutes every day until it reaches 50 minutes; you can do this over five days, but you need to do this consistently day after day. Remember, the most important thing is sticking to your plan.
7. Remember to take some breaks:
Set aside time to reward yourself after completing the specified amount of studies. Go for a walk/run/swim, watch TV, listen to music or do anything that makes you relaxed and happy. Also don’t forget to stretch, hydrate, and rest your mind. This will keep your brain fresh and help prevent you from feeling tired.
Productivity is about energy and focus (not time) — sprint and then rest. The way to get into the ‘study mode’ is by just starting and keeping going until you are in that mode rather than waiting until it comes to you. Your study plan is all about helping you be more efficient and productive. If you find that it’s not working, don’t get discouraged. It’s ok to make changes as you figure out what works best for you!!!
I hope you guys are not clear about how to study effectively at home for long hours, and how to manage your studies for exams effectively. So that’s all for now, let us know your thoughts in the comment section.