1) Set a routine time for studying, whether from 7-8pm every weekday, or from 2-5pm every Saturday. Whatever the time, stick to it.
2) Take breaks. You retain information more that way. So, for example, study for 45 minutes then take a 15 minute break. Walk around a bit, get a change of scenery; maybe even have a light snack. The need for breaks will vary greatly between individuals. Find the pattern that works best for you.
3) Study in a quiet place. It is very difficult to concentrate with people talking, the TV blaring, or music playing. If you must play music go for something in the classical genre, which will helps you focus. Lyrics drain your brain. And for goodness’ sake, turn off the smartphone.
4) If you can help it, don’t study late at night or just before bed. By this point in the day you’re tired and should be winding down for a good night’s sleep.
5) Speaking of which, make sure you’re getting enough good-quality sleep. 8 hours per night is ideal and sufficient rest will help you to concentrate.
6) Exercise! This all-round good-for-you activity increases focus and helps you sleep better.
7) Set small, achievable study goals, and give yourself little rewards for reaching those goals. For example, set a goal to read the first two sections of an assignment and then reward yourself with a break before moving on or answering the questions.
8) If you have lost all ability to concentrate or are dozing, just stop studying. Come back to it at a later time or even the next day.
9) Get organised. Tidy up your work space and make sure you have at hand all of the materials you’ll need. That includes pen, paper, eye glasses, course materials, question papers, and any other relevant sources or necessary items. Necessary items do not include chocolate bars or a 3DS.
10) Make use of our tutors and your fellow students. If you’re stuck on something, give us a call on 0121 392 8288. Your fellow students are also a great resource, and chances are that someone else has the same question. But what goes around comes around, so make sure you answer any questions you’re able to, as well.