On top of working full time, planning a wedding, fitting in time for the gym and keeping my flat from being a tip 24/7, I’m also studying part-time through Open University. One of the biggest questions I get is “how do you find time to study?!”
It’s not easy, that’s for sure. I’ve found the best way to study for me through experimenting. Are you struggling to find time or stay focused? Try a few of these tips and see if anything works for you! Have you got any tricks that work wonders for you? Leave them in the comments below!
- Experimenting is key. Everyone is different and everyone learns in unique ways. If something’s not working, sack it off! Don’t waste time forcing yourself to do something that isn’t right for you.
- Find your space – some people need to be in deathly silence, some people need noise! I like to set myself up on my living room floor by my coffee table, with all my things around me.
- Try playlists. Spotify has some incredible “Focus” playlists, for those days when you just need to tune out. My favourite is Soundtrack For Study.
- Take breaks. I’ve seen so many people try and plow through an hour+ of studying without a break…40 minutes in, they’ve got no focus and they’re not retaining information. Find a “time chunk” that works for you. Mine’s around 30 minutes…I study for 30 minutes and then I do something else for 10. This way I keep myself fresh.
- Plan ahead. The way Open University courses are set up is your work is broken into weeks – this makes it so easy to plan ahead and work around other commitments. I know on Monday, I can bash out three hours no problem. Tuesday? Well I need an hour for the gym, and I need to get some work done on my blog, but I can easily fit an hour of reading in there…
- Stay flexible! It’s not the end of the world if plans change, or if you fall slightly behind one week. However, you need to be honest about these problems and understand the cause so it doesn’t happen too often.
- Reward yourself! I hate studying from my textbook – so when I know I’ve got a 6 hour chunk of reading carved out in my study plan, I make it manageable. If I manage to get through X pages – it’s time to watch some TV, or read a magazine, or anything else but reading my textbook.