Time management tips for students
- To-do list: Note down all the tasks for the day in a list. This is called the to-do list. You can note down all the important assignments, homework, notes, reading tasks etc., as well as all the daily tasks like chores, workouts, emails etc. This way, you will not forget anything that has to be done and you will be constantly reminded of all the work you have to do, thus leaving no room for procrastination.
- Time block tasks: If you are an extremely lazy person who can easily fall prey to procrastination, then this is method is a lifesaver. In this method, you have to assign specific time slots for each activity. All activities ranging from important assignments to petty tasks like bathing should be included so that you will not have any time for procrastination. This method messes with your mind because when you have a certain time to do something, you will be compelled to complete the task on time no matter how lazy you are.
- Take frequent breaks: I cannot emphasize enough the importance of taking frequent breaks. Breaks provide the opportunity to refresh your mind and body. You can easily feel exhausted when you study. Pressurizing yourself to sit and study for hours without break is pointless. The Pomodoro method is very effective for those of you who do not know when to take a break. For people who think Pomodoro is not very effective, you can take breaks when you start feeling distracted or start feeling like you cannot understand even the simplest topics that you have to study. Your workout sessions or bathing time can all be counted as a break. For short breaks, have a small snack or do some light stretching. These breaks can refresh your mind as body as well.
- Start early: One of the most common mistakes that students make is procrastinating and keep assignments for the last minute. This is a terrible mistake and it comes with so many issues. You might end up submitting the assignment or homework really late or maybe not submitting it at all. This can lead to a lot of stress and you will end up pulling all-nighters which will cause sleep deprivation and with sleep deprivation comes tons of health issues. To avoid all these major issues, start your assignments as early as possible. Once you complete and turn in your assignment, then it will be out of your mind and you will have plenty of time to do other works and enjoy at the same time.
- Focus on food, water and sleep: Maintain a healthy diet, drinks tons of water and sleep at least 7 hours a day. You must have heard that everyone should get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep, but that is not true. It can vary according to the individual and her lifestyle. 7 hours is quite enough for a student because losing sleep is inevitable when you are a student. Water intake is another important point to stress on. Water can do so much to your body and it is very important to keep your body hydrated. Food is as important as water and sleep. When you study, most of the work is done by your brain, so it is necessary to treat your brain as it deserves to be treated.
- Know when to study what: Study in the morning because that is when your brain is the most active. This is true but is not necessary to be true for every person. That is why it is necessary to know when to study. Study when your feel motivated. If you are active in the morning, the study then and if you are active at night, the study then. You are not a bad student if you cannot study during the early hours.
- Avoid distractions: In this day and age, it is only normal for students to get distracted by social media. So keep your mobile phone far away. Study at your table and not on the bed. You will fall asleep quickly if you study on your bed. Make sure that there are two separate places in your room, one for study purposes and the other for leisure time.
- Study often: When you learn something at school, study that from home and make the topic thorough the same day. This can save you from late-night cramming sessions and all-nighters the day before an exam. Follow the method of spaced-repetition where you study the same thing over and over again with frequent intervals in between. Revise your study materials as often as you can. By following these methods, you will notice that you are very familiar with most of the topics before your exam and you do not have to stress about anything.