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Re: Help please - study schedules

here are some things i try do to keep myself on task:

when studying i know that it is useless to try and read the textbook, i just won't take it in and i'll get distracted.
To overcome this i find the main points of what i am supposed to be learning (usually at the end of the chapter, or your lecturers might even hand them out) and then i look through the text books for the information regarding those points. It means that, instead of just reading, there are goals, i am looking for something, discovering something etc. it really helps.

Also with lectures, i write out a list of questions concerning each lecture afterwards, that way when it comes down to studying at the end of the year i can go over the questions, find the answers and i don't have to read boring notes.

In terms of structuring the day, i found that i need a really good start in the morning.
So even if i stay up an extra hour at night, its worth it if i can prepare as much as i can for the following day before bed. That means showering, organising lunch, getting my uni books ready, deciding what to wear etc.

I'm especially bad in the mornings, so you might not need to do this part, but a few weeks ago i decided that if i didn't create a morning routine for myself i would never get into one. So i wrote out everything i have to do in the order that i have to do it in the morning. Everything from 'go to the toilet' to 'put lunch in my bag' to 'take tablet'.

It might sound a bit anal, and i guess it is, but now i usually manage to just stick to that and it saves time that would otherwise be spent trying to work out what to do next and trying to remember everything i need to bring for my day, resulting in a much more relaxed start to the day. It means that i dont have to be switched on in the morning,

When it comes to organising the day i use alarms on my phone a lot. If i am trying to get assignments done and feeling distracted i will set an alarm to go off every half an hour. This means that i can see the time passing easier, and reminds me to stop doing whatever i have ended up doing (drawing in the margins, getting food, looking at etc) and keep doing my homework.

Also, if i want to do something regularly like exercise i HAVE to schedule it in. Its no use saying i'll work out three times a week and not finding specific times to do it because it will never happen. I have to decide that monday night at 5-6 is exercise time... etc. That goes for everything.

Also with assignments it helps to break them down. If its an essay on genetics or something i will plan my time in parts. Instead of saying 'do genetics essay for 1 hour' i will say 'read and summarise review on genetic defects'. So its specific and not daunting.

Oh and one more thing. Don't push yourself too hard. If you feel like you can't do any more, don't. Watch telly for half an hour, go for a walk, sit around doing nothing.

p.s reading all that it sounds like i'm all organised and stuff but in reality i only get all that stuff right like 70% of the time. There are many days when i run arund like a headless chicken, not getting anything done and stressing myself out.

p.p.s if you get access to recorded lectures they are hugely beneficial. I started listening to mine in the car last semester and have never learnt so much or done so well at uni.
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