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I am a full time student and just wondering what study strategies you suggest or have worked for you to help with studying.


Posted anonymously, 28th April 2015


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  • Procrastination is the biggest problem, so set a timetable and stick to it as much as possible. Make time for study and stick to it. Also make time for exercise and socialising.


  • Commitment and organisation. You need to commit to whatever you put in place and you most definitely need to be organised. Draw up a study roster and stick to it


  • I found having someone to study with was a help for me. We often got a few fellow students from same class together and organised study sessions, essay writing sessions, exam cramming sessions etc


  • The best thing to do is schedule time in your diary to study. do not give up that time for study unless of course it is a life threatening emergency. i also endeavour to allow myself extra time before uni to do study or between classes. these are the only things that really seem to work for me.


  • You need to put time aside for study. Don’t just try and fit it in when you get time. I work better with a timetable so I will assign myself study time.


  • Im only part time, so you would have a lot more on your plate.
    Time management is the biggest thing. I tend to study mostly at night once kids are in bed. Create a daily planner to help you organise your day and week.


  • Time management and a schedule works for me. I set aside time every day to study and have a goal of what I want to achieve. Set realistic goals though. It might be just listening to a 30 minute lecture or reading a chapter in the textbook but it helps motivate you. Don’t study in bed, try to minimise distractions. If you notice you are getting distracted take a 5 minute break just to stretch and get back on task. I plan my assignments also so I not doing anything last minute.


  • Thanks so much for asking this question. I study but probably not effectively as I try to absorb all information on a given topic. I need to learn effective note taking and critical reflective practice. I will definitely be keeping up with your answers.


  • Set goals St the beginning of a study session. I.e. Read article and make notes, decide on essay question, start essay by writing dot point of content. If I’m aimless I procrastinate :) also schedule study into your diary. I now say no to some social stuff if I had planned to study because otherwise life gets too vust with everything else. Sometimes I also purposefully do jobs before studying so I don’t procrastinate, I guess it’s called productive procrastination!


  • Always have a designated space for study. Mobile phone off, emails checked and in box closed; TV off, play classical music by Mozart and start your study :)
    Oh, make sure you have a 5-10 minutes break every hour.


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