13-03-2016 09:34 PM
14-03-2016 07:38 PM
@N1ghtW1ng here are some random things that I try to keep in mind for when i study I hope you can find something to help you!
- Do the hardest thing first, once its out of the way the rest seems like a breeze and you get a huge boost because you did the one that was most challenging for you.
- Break it down into smaller more manageble bits, so like first pick a topic, find revelant articles, read and summarise them, then plan the structure of your essay etc.
- Set up a rewards system (even if they are little rewards) it will help drive you through doing it
- Pick a dedicated time to do the uni work, (perferably when you are usually the most alert) let others know not to bother you, get off social media at that time and just go all out on doing the assignment/task/study - thing
- Visable reminders (This one helps me a lot!) So post it notes, write it in a diary or on a calander, anywhere to remind you that you have to do the thing. it will get you thinking about it and hopefully make you more willing to do it because you know its coming up (rather then out of sight out of mind)
- set some goals! I use the S.M.A.R.T goal setting (specific, measurable, achievable,realistic and timely goals) to help me out, and even more helpful when written down (for me)
- Find a 'study spot' Like i cant study on the couch or anywhere that doesnt have a desk, I find coffee shops are the best place for me because there is a low level sound but nothing i'm particually interested in. For some, in their room with music or complete silence works better. its all about finding what works for you.
- positive self talk! dont say 'I wish I had spent more time doing it,' I say 'I will find more time to do it!' being negative and beating yourself up wont help, you have to remind yourself you can do it!
Overall, persistance and patience is the key, just little steps to move towards the end of it, as long as you keep trying you will get there
14-03-2016 07:49 PM
14-03-2016 07:52 PM
14-03-2016 09:59 PM
Thanks for the suggestions @Flit! What times of alertness work for you? I'm usually always a bit tired, so I don't know if I could find a specific time. I think just going in and doing it will get me more used to it, as it's not something I've done very much of., so it's not something I'm used to which means it's "new" and/or "change" which I actively try to avoid.
14-03-2016 10:10 PM
@N1ghtW1ng I am very much a 'morning' person (well, whenever I wake up) When it hits evening I can't focus long enough to do anything useful when it comes to study.
having a routine might be helpful
Little steps towards change help me! Like if my class is in a new room I go there a few days before so I know where it is so Im not freaking out on the day.
14-03-2016 11:56 PM
@N1ghtW1ng I procrastinated a lot last year. And the one thing that really helped was identifying WHY I was procrastinating. Why am I choosing to not work on this assignment? And then finding a solution to that issue.
Most of the time, I procrastinated because I didn't want to do it or it was just difficult to do. When I felt this way, I found it helpful to break that big task (e.g., start on this essay') into mini do-able steps (e.g., 'identify key words from essay question). Similar to what @Flit was saying about creating SMART goals.
Hope that helps @N1ghtW1ng!
@khaleesi_18 You and me are in the same boat. I just finished my Honours in psych and taking a break too. This year it felt weird to not buy things for the upcoming semester just because I am no longer a student.