If you have mountains of homework waiting for you, it may seem impossible that you need to do it. However, if you break your work down into smaller goals, you will be able to get there more easily. Get in the right frame of mind before you start studying and create a plan for success. Instead of following a system of study that you don't like, think more creatively about what works best for you and approach the material that way. Start studying ahead of time so you don't get overwhelmed with things to do and don't blame yourself for putting things off until later.
Method 1 of 4: Stay responsible
Step 1. Don't beat yourself up for procrastinating
If you often procrastinate or can't get started, don't blame yourself or you'll just make it worse. Don't blame yourself or try to punish yourself to motivate yourself. This kind of behavior can be exhausting and distract you from your goal. Instead, treat yourself with kindness when you're going through a difficult time. Recognize the problem, but remember that it is normal and that you are working on improving yourself.
Avoid comparing yourself to your successful-looking classmates. Everyone learns and works differently, which is why you should focus on your own needs and abilities without worrying about what others are doing
Step 2. Let go of your worries and feelings of resistance
Try free writing or a diary to explore your anxieties related to your studies or the specific factors that keep you from getting started. You could also let off some steam by chatting with a friend or classmate. Once you've gotten rid of these stressors, put your negative feelings aside. Take a deep breath and tell yourself, it's time for a mind-shift to get to work.
If you felt better telling a friend about it, make sure they are willing to listen to you and that you don't distract them from their own studies
Step 3. Communicate your action plan to someone
Once you have a study plan in place, discuss it with a friend, classmate, or family member. Let her know that you would like to talk to her quickly and work on solving any challenges or obstacles ahead of time. Ask him to monitor you and check your progress every now and then or just let him know that you will contact him after you have accomplished some of your goals.
- Although studying is a lonely and personal task, you may be able to motivate yourself better if someone is watching you.
- Pair up with a classmate or your roommate so you can watch each other during your studies.
- You could also tell a friend that you won't be able to meet unless you finish your homework before 9 p.m. You wouldn't want to disappoint your friend and miss out on a great night out, which is why you can use your desire not to miss that night to give yourself some heart.
Step 4. Work with a study group or tutor
Unless group work no longer creates distractions for you, find a fellow student or study group that you can collaborate with. Be sure to discuss your study style and preferences with everyone before you start to make sure you have compatible styles. Agree on a set of goals and decide how to accomplish them and when to complete them. If you can't do it with a study group, find a tutor who can help you with your homework. Make an appointment in advance and use them as deadlines to complete your homework.
- You can find a tutor at your school or at a private agency.
- In a study group, each person should volunteer to deal with a different subtopic, and then share their results with others.
- Book a study room, bring snacks, or play homework to make your job more enjoyable.
- Get to work in advance in case one of the group members fails to meet their goals to ensure you have time to deal with certain topics independently.
Method 2 of 4: Set up a schedule
Step 1. Find the study habits that allow you to be successful
Think about the environmental factors and study skills that allow you to retain information better and be successful on exams. Decide if you prefer to work alone in a quiet space or if a public place like a library or a cafe allows you to be more successful. Ask yourself if you remember your lessons better when reviewing your own notes or flipping through your textbook and class assignments. Think about the combination of factors that bring out your most positive, productive, and focused side so that you can put the same system in place in your future study sessions.
- Think back to study sessions that went particularly well and others that did not go well at all, then find the factors that are helping you move forward or holding you back.
- If you can set up a personalized study system, it will make your time a lot less stressful.
Step 2. Focus on your long term goals
It can be grueling to study every day, but instead of focusing on the negative things, put yourself in a positive frame of mind by visualizing the good things your job will bring to you. Imagine when you get a good grade, get congratulations from your teacher, or feel proud of your end of year grades. Allow yourself to be filled with these pleasant feelings as you reframe your perspective on studying.
- If you want to go to college or get a scholarship, tell yourself that every study session brings you a little closer to your dreams.
- Use long-term goals to motivate yourself.
Step 3. Divide your study sessions into small tasks
Set concrete goals for each session. Divide your larger goals into smaller, more manageable steps. Identify specific and achievable goals that you can work towards, one at a time. This way, you can move forward and you will feel at the end of the session that you have accomplished something by reviewing all the goals that you have achieved.
- It is easy to feel overwhelmed by a large amount of homework that seems never to be done. Instead of worrying about not being able to finish them, ask yourself how much you can do in two hours.
- Instead of trying to read an entire book at one time, set a goal of reading one chapter or 50 pages each time.
- When preparing for a test, review your reading notes from the first week of the semester, then focus on the second week's notes the next day.
Step 4. Organize your tasks from easiest to most difficult
Depending on the intensity of the resistance you encounter or the difficulty of the subjects, you can choose a ranking system that will decrease your stress and allow you to move forward. Try to work from the shortest tasks to the more intense ones, from the simpler or more difficult project or start with the more difficult things before ending with the easier ones. You can also follow the order of the lesson to do your homework.
If you have chosen a logical system to follow, it will help you reduce your fatigue and it will be more interesting to move from one topic to another
Step 5. Assign each task a time limit
Once you have broken down your studies into simpler goals, you need to find the time in your schedule to achieve them. People who prefer a more rigid schedule can give their tasks a start and an end. If you prefer a little more flexibility, you could instead give yourself a maximum duration for each task and determine their order based on what you think. Whichever method you choose, take some time every day for your studies.
- If you say to yourself, "I'm going to have to study at one point or another this week," you're only going to encourage yourself to put it off, but if you say to yourself, "I'm going to study from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday., Tuesday and Thursday”, you will have a better chance of following your plan.
- Try to stick to a regular schedule, but feel free to deviate from it every now and then to avoid getting bored. For example, you could get a good night's sleep and set your alarm for 5 a.m. to study on a Sunday morning. It might be easier for you to get up and start right away, because you've already planned it.
- The more specific and motivated you are in the organization of your tasks, the more easily you will get there and improve your time management.
Method 3 of 4: Prepare and prepare your workspace
Step 1. Walk or move around to put you in a good mood
Put your bad mood aside by doing a few minutes of simple physical activity. Get outside and walk for ten minutes to breathe in some fresh air. Try to relax by jumping in place for a bit or dancing around the room to your favorite music.
- These activities will give you a little boost and improve your mood. In addition, they will help your brain to be more receptive, which will make your study session more efficient.
- If you can do this, you will build up energy that will lead you to a more productive study session.
Step 2. Cool off and put on something comfortable
If you're feeling sleepy and unmotivated, start by taking a cold shower or washing your face to wake up. Wear soft clothes that feel good on the skin, and avoid clothes that are scratchy or too tight at the waist that will distract you. Choose familiar clothes that look good on you. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather and bring an extra layer of clothing if necessary. If you have long hair, tie it up so it doesn't fall in front of your eyes.
Be careful not to wear too comfortable clothes like your pajamas to avoid falling asleep
Step 3. Clean up your workspace and organize study materials
Whether you are working on your dormitory desk or on a table in a cafe, you need to clean the area first to get rid of anything that goes in the trash. Eliminate all the things you don't need for your studies. If necessary, put everything aside, you will take care of the mess later. Once you have a clean workspace, put your books, documents, notebooks, pens, markers, post-its, or whatever else you need there.
- When choosing a workspace, eliminate as many distractions as possible. Turn your back to the window or the refrigerator if they can distract you. Sit at a table away from your friends so they don't bother you.
- Consider making your study space warmer and more welcoming to make you want to spend time there. Decorate the walls with pictures of you and your friends, put a small green plant on the desk and choose a comfortable chair.
Step 4. Plug in your computer and close all unnecessary tabs
If you are working on a computer, close any windows or tabs that you do not need for your studies. Then log into your online account and download all the documents you need to study. Sit near an electrical outlet and plug in your computer before setting off so you don't lose your focus when the battery is nearly empty.
- If you get easily distracted, but need your computer for reading or researching, consider printing the documents you need to stay focused.
- If you only need your computer for word processing or to view PDFs, disconnect from WiFi or go to an area without WiFi so you don't get tempted by the Internet.
- If you don't need your computer for your studies, turn it off and put it somewhere.
Step 5. Turn off your phone to eliminate distractions
You don't want to be disturbed by group messages from your friends or calls from your family while you study. If necessary, let others know that you are going to study and that you need to take a break for a while to concentrate. Then put your device in airplane mode or even better, turn it off completely.
Place your phone away from you so you won't be tempted to take a look
Step 6. Stay hydrated and have snacks on hand
Drink plenty of water and bring a water bottle with you so you won't get thirsty while you are working out. Keep a small amount of peanuts, granola bars, or fresh fruit that you can snack on if your stomach is showing up to keep your energy levels up while you study.
- Avoid studying right after a big meal, you will feel drowsy and want to take a nap.
- Don't make your meal a reward or your empty stomach will distract you from your studies. Make sure you have something to snack on so you don't get hungry.
- Avoid chocolate bars, fast foods or pastries, these foods will give you a little boost of energy in the moment before you want to sleep.
Step 7. Listen to music to make your studies more enjoyable
So that the music doesn't become a distraction, choose songs without lyrics or songs that you know so well that the lyrics will blend into the background. Try to listen to the same album repeatedly or choose a playlist like on the radio so you don't waste time choosing songs.
- The right kind of music will help relax your mind and sharpen your attention.
- Try modern versions of piano music or guitar solos, or listen to the soundtracks from your favorite movies.
- Pick up the pace with a more electro style or relax with slower music.
- Find playlists designed to help you focus on your work.
Method 4 of 4: tackle the hardware
Step 1. Force yourself to work for a few minutes to relieve your anxiety
If you start to panic when you see all the work you have to do, know that you'll feel less stressed if you just start to do it. Work on a very simple and quick task to get you started. For example, you could spend five minutes rereading your vocabulary list. You could also try the Pomodoro method. It consists of setting a countdown of 25 minutes for each task. Time will pass faster and you will feel like you've accomplished something.
- About five minutes or so, the pain centers in your brain that send an alarm signal telling you you don't want to start will subside.
- With the Pomodoro Method, each 25-minute period is called a Pomodoro, and you can take a five-minute break between each period.
- If 25 minutes seems too short, feel free to keep working afterwards, the point of this period is to get you started.
Step 2. Develop a personalized guide for each topic
This can be useful when the teacher has not given you a study guide or if the existing guide does not really help you with your learning style. Design a study guide that works for you. Try to create flashcards, make a list of each topic you need to study, or jot down any questions that might come up during the test. Consult your manual for questions to review or turn each heading into a question.
- If the heading in the textbook reads: "Anthropomorphic Themes in Fairy Tales", your study question might be: "Could you describe the use of anthropomorphic themes in fairy tales?" "
- Find study guides and examples online to find a place to start.
Step 3. Create visuals that will help you study
If you prefer visual material for studying, try creating a visual diagram or Venn diagram to organize the topics you need to study. Draw a map and use colors, arrows, and icons to help visualize the concepts presented in the manual. You can also color-code your notes to help you match topics and ideas.
Instead of going through your vocabulary list in a PDF file or textbook, rewrite the words and their definitions in your own style with a fun colored pen to help you remember that information better
Step 4. Use mnemonic methods to remember facts
Mnemonic methods are tips that help you memorize information. Try to create an acronym to help you remember a list of words or ideas. Make up a song to help you remember names and dates important to the story of a novel that you must read. Search online by typing "how to remember [subject]" for ideas and examples of mnemonic methods.
- Try a popular method, such as PEMDAS, to help you remember the priority of operations in math: P arentheses, E xposants, M ultiplication, D ivision, A ddition, and Subtraction.
- Use a poem to remember coordinating conjunctions: “Where is Ornicar? "
Step 5. Find podcasts or YouTube videos on the topic
When you have to grasp a complex subject that you do not fully understand, search the Internet for additional resources. Spend about 20 minutes watching an informative video that explains the topic in simpler terms, or download podcasts to your phone related to the topic. Each video or podcast is going to present the topic in a different way, which is why you should keep researching until you find something that helps you.
Set a time limit to help keep you on track and reward yourself by exploring interesting side topics once you've achieved your goals
Step 6. Reward yourself when you reach your goals
Find a way to give yourself a small reward when you've achieved your goals. If you're in the middle of a study session, you can go for a walk, snack on a cereal bar, or listen to your favorite song. If you need a longer break, watch a YouTube video or an episode of your favorite series, or spend 20-30 minutes practicing your favorite hobby. If you are done studying, feel free to relax by playing a video game, checking social media to chat with your friends, or going outside your home.
- Although food can be a good reward, avoid eating too much sugar at the start of your study sessions, as it may make you more drowsy. Save the sweets for the end of your homework to give you energy.
- If you decide to reward yourself with a quick break, remember that sooner or later you're going to have to get back to work. Set a limit and don't listen to the voice in your head telling you to keep going for "a few more minutes."
- If you need help, don't be afraid to ask your teacher for it! Visit him during his office hours or ask if you can meet to discuss the matter. Also ask questions in class. If you ask questions, you will show that you are motivated and that you want to be successful.
- Make sure you get a good night's sleep to help you retain the information you have learned. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night.
- Make an effort to take good notes during class and keep them organized in a notebook or binder. Use them to help you with your upcoming homework, projects, or exams.