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Studying Habits to Start - Part Two


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Have you ever been sat at your desk, ready to tackle your study to-do list, but you don’t know where to start or how to concentrate?

Here’s a few helpful tips that I have learnt over my years at university:


  1. Sleep.

    Get sufficient sleep! If you stay up till 2am, try to make sure you get roughly 8 hours sleep. After all, how can your brain effectively work on no sleep?There’s an article below to help you understand that sleep is key to learning effectively

    .Why Sleep Can Help You Ace Your Final Exams | Sleep Foundation 
  2. Morning Task.

    In the morning, before anything in the day ruins your mood, try to get up and get one university related task done. Having one thing that you’ve already accomplished before the day begins can help motivate you in the afternoon when you start to feel sluggish.

    Get started on your laptop updates. Reply to your emails. Complete 100 words of an introduction. Any small thing that can make your day easier.
  3. Ask questions.

    If you don’t understand a topic or need clarification, ask someone to help you understand!

    Your lecturers are there to help, they won’t bite if you ask them to repeat themselves or elaborate on a point they were talking about. If you feel anxious about asking them in class, set up a meeting with your lecturer if you need extra help, or even email them with a question.
  4.  Reward. Reward. Reward.

    Congrats your studying! But a well-informed mind isn’t the only reward you should give yourself.

    Treat yourself with a chocolate after you understand a section of your textbook. When you finish a big project, give yourself a big reward like a nice dinner with a partner or friend.
  5. Minimise distractions.

    Get rid of the phone. Music is completely fine if simple -like classical music- because you don’t want to overwhelm yourself when you’re trying to concentrate.

    Try to have your phone in a drawer. Out of sight really is out of mind.

    If you study better in a quiet setting, don’t go to a busy café, head to your nearby library or the university library. There are plenty of study spaces for everyone!

  6.  Set clear goals for each session.

    You shouldn’t go into a study session without a clue on how you’re going to tackle your to-do list.

    You should set yourself a word limit if you’re writing an essay, with clear points you want to get across. Here’s a simplified example of what I do for an English Literature study session:

Comparison Essay:



To-Do List

Study Session 3


Text One

  • Find 10 more quotations relating to the theme.
  • Annotate each quotation and relate each one to a critic (secondary source).

Text Two

  • Use Discovery to find 3 more negative critics (ideally comparing to Text One as well as Text Two)
  • Re-read the last 3 chapters to help clarify the storyline before writing the introduction.


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