Prepare your study session
I would suggest that you prepare and/or set up a perfect study/workspace that you will be comfortable in. I found that sitting on my bed with lots of pillows supporting me and laying my stuff out on the bed really helped me to crack on with what I wanted to do. I liked how much space I had to work, especially as normally I just use my desk – which is tiny. I would suggest that you create a clean space, and this will make a big difference and ensure that you have a cup of water or something that you like to drink to keep you hydrated. As you can see from the video below, I had a big bottle of water and a banana which I had during the break.
Make a study plan
Even though this seems like one of the most basic tips to give someone, it does indeed make a big difference. I would suggest that you plan what you want to get done within the first half, second half, and any other sections of your study time. This is where the Pomodoro technique comes in handy. I will explain and talk you through what happens in a Pomodoro in the next section of this post which is followed by a video. You should set yourself goals on what you want to achieve, for example, 600 words of an essay which is approximately 2/3 paragraphs, including the introduction.
Try out different learning methods and techniques
This is very important whilst maximizing your study time. I suggest that you try studying in a range of different places, such as a coffee house, the kitchen, your desk, or on your bed like I did. I have tried out many places and I know that when I am working on specific things, I work better in different places. Although this may seem strange, I think it is fairly common to those who get distracted quickly. Alternatively, you can try out a range of study methods which can include a range of methods as to how you can learn everything you need to. I would suggest using your laptop (for research, spelling, and grammar), a notebook (for planning what you’re going to do), and books (to gain knowledge). You can also use flow charts and diagrams to construct a plan or a structure of what you want to include in your work.
Watch and/or Listen to a video
I find it extremely useful to listen to sounds/videos whilst studying. It helps me to cut out background noise as well as getting into the piece of work that I need to get done. I had a very soothing piano instrumental which honestly helped me to complete all of my assignments that year at uni and I will always use that know whenever I have the assignment to do. You could listen to other instrumentals that you like, or ASMR relaxing videos or even a study/work with my video which I am currently creating whilst writing this blog post. I watched my first ever one from Gibi and I fell in love. It is like having a study partner, except they are actually there, which is good because you don’t actually get distracted.
Those were just some of my most valuable study tips and advice. To complement this post, I have created a full Pomodoro with a timer included, so that you can maximize your studying time, as well as getting all the stuff done that you need to do.
If you don’t know what a Pomodoro is, I will explain it now…
What is a Pomodoro?
A Pomodoro is a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. This method uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length which totals to 2 hours, separated by short breaks around 3-5 minutes. For the purpose of trying this out, and filming it for the first time, I tried this technique for half of the recommended time of 1 hour.
I really enjoyed creating this video. I managed to get a lot checked off my to do list and I managed to write this whole blog post.
If you found this useful, please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you would like me to do a longer Pomodoro then, of course, let me know and I can do that.