Being productive while studying from home is a challenge for all of us! Let’s be honest. See our 5 tips to save time, stay focused and stop procrastination!
Student life is great. You wake up whenever it feels right, you can party whenever you want, you meet a bunch of new people and there are about a thousand new hobbies that you could take on. You may have started living on your own or with friends now, you may have moved to a different city or maybe even another country. So many things to explore and discover, so many things to experience! Basically, you are at the start of your life and the possibilities are endless. But wait, are we forgetting a little something maybe?
RIGHT! Actually studying to get a degree is sort of part of the deal. At AmberScript, we understand that keeping the focus can be difficult. This is why we have 5 quick tips to make sure that you study as efficiently and effectively as possible. Let’s optimize your time to make sure you do not miss that next party, that ski trip your association is planning or that much-needed “Netflix and Chill” time.
1. Set-up is Key
First things first, time to find your concentration station! You need to find the place and circumstances that work best for you. Find a place in your house, preferably not your bedroom, that you will name your “studying space”. The first step in how to become more productive while studying from home is setting boundaries, so you can mentally split studying from leisure time. Make your workstation as comfortable as possible, with desks and chairs that will not cause your neck and shoulders to get sore after a long study session.
2. Organize your Space and Schedule
Wherever you choose to study, try to make your working space organized. If there are pages of notes spread across your desk and it is taking you 5 minutes to find last week’s notes, you are probably not getting through the work as efficiently as possible. Creating routines, such as changing out of your pajamas and/or exercising before you start studying also helps to make your study time consistent. It is also helpful to divide up the work before-hand and create a to-do list per day. This makes the total workload seem less and makes it easier to have all assignments and revision done on time.
3. Writing notes for Online Seminars and Classes
Are you attending an online seminar this week? Is your professor or teacher offering the class online? School notes can be hard to take especially when the class is online! Among the best note-taking methods, our favorite is the easiest: you can simply hit the record button on your laptop and transcribe the file on AmberScript later. Not only does this save you a lot of time, but it also means you can edit the notes, highlight the main points and keep the text to go back to when you need to study.
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4. Study Buddy Time
Whether you like to get the study-juices flowing in complete isolation or you are working in an over-crowded student dorm, it might be nice to find some friends for those well-deserved breaks. Research has proven that taking short breaks once every 1-2 hours can help increase concentration and productivity. Added bonus: if your friend is studying the same course or something similar, you could help each other out and discuss difficult topics!
If you agree on sticking to a schedule when studying from home then you can help each other to stay on track and avoid procrastination.
5. Stop Procrastinating and Spread the Workload
This may seem like the most obvious tip, but starting on time can actually save time! Procrastination is your worst enemy, obviously, but it can often feel like your best friend if you know that party is happening tonight and you still have two weeks until your exam. Just think about it for a second. If you choose to study for two hours each day, you are probably able to be much more productive, than forcing yourself to concentrate for three days on end just before the exam. As mentioned before, putting less strain on the brain can really help boost productivity!
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