Hello. Great question and I am sure many of your peers are asking the same thing. I have found it helpful to prioritize and schedule this time into my day, as Kathy recommends.
I often use my mobile device to schedule reminders and block out key times on my calendar for reading, studying, exercising, etc. Make time for yourself so you can do what you need to do that works best for managing stress. Also, when you have a big test or project due that will require a lot of your time, try to work on it a little at a time every day, until it is due, so you can make progress towards your study goals without waiting until the last minute or stressing out all at one time.
On days where it is particularly hectic or stressful for me, I try to take mini-breaks and just step away for a few minutes and walk up and down stairs, or sit in a dark room and just breathe or meditate, sit or walk outside if it’s nice, etc. Stepping away can allow you to come back refreshed and ready to study even more.
And yes, I agree, taking good notes that are well organized is also key so when you come back to them, they make sense and are helpful. Best wishes for success in your career and educational goals.
Melisa recommends the following next steps:
- Check-out some helpful study tips here: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=good+study+tips+on+youtube&view=detail&mid=130C16DB9A16C63CD09D130C16DB9A16C63CD09D&FORM=VIRE
- Organize a study group with your classmates and those who will encourage you to study and can help and not keep or distract you from your goals.
- Try using some “Flash Cards” or look at your notes when sitting on a bus or train, or waiting in line for something, etc.
- Find a regular spot to study in. Whether it’s a specific corner at home, a coffee shop you like, an area of your local library, etc.