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What are some good studying habits?

I have a lot of trouble with procrastinating which severely hinders my studying and learning, so what are some study habits/tips to keep me concentrated and focused on the tasks at hand? #studying-tips

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Toshiro K.’s Answer

Dear Calvin,

Actually, you've taken the first step towards success: you've identified a problem to work on, in this case procrastination.

Implementing discipline for time-management may be helped by creating a spreadsheet of what you are doing each block of time for each day. There are a lot of examples on the web. Just search for time management sheet for students. You can get results like https://www.csusb.edu/sites/default/files/Time_Management_New.pdf and http://coewww.rutgers.edu/osp/MoI/TimeManagement.pdf. Of course, you may want to create different schedules for each week. Then, the real trick is to stick with the schedule. Make sure to allocate enough time for whatever you need to do. One thing: make sure to get enough time for sleep.

Some people (including myself), will use a schedule in conjunction with a prioritized to-do list, so things that are important get done first in the free blocks of time.

Having a schedule is important. I cannot think of a single successful person who doesn't have their week planned out. It is true, schedules get disrupted - meetings go on too long, some sort of crisis occurs, etc. - but being able to get back on track is important.

If you do accomplish something good in a timely manner (that bit is important!), you should reward yourself appropriately. It establishes a positive feedback. (The converse holds true; one shouldn't be rewarded for not getting it done in time.) With positive feedback, it is easier to establish good habits.

I hope this helps. Best wishes!

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Rachel’s Answer

You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>