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10 tips for planning your studying time

  • Make a weekly plan by first filling in everything that is already fixed. So lectures, breaks,
    sleep, eat and work. Then study and leisure time and other tasks. Also record what you
    want as a reward for achieving certain results and when you are allowed to collect them.
  • Study regularly, every day at the same time. You don’t have to think about whether you will be able to
    study, you just do that. Your friends will also know when you are available and
    when not.
  • You can also plan what you will do on a daily basis. This can be done in great detail: 10 min.
    repeating yesterday, 40 min. pages 1 to 15, making 15 min. statements, 15 min. break, etc.
    Once you have built up a rhythm, a day plan will be less necessary in order to
    to keep working.
  • Plan alternation in your activities: reading, making assignments, repeating, summarising. When you
    are doing these activities for a whole day, it’s very hard. Variety ensures that it is more fun
    and allows you to distribute your concentration better.
  • Studying for 45 to 60 minutes in a row is the maximum for most students, then
    it’s better to take a break (10-15 minutes). Do not continue studying until you are no longer in the mood,
    then it takes much harder to start again after the break than when studying
    went well, then you’re ready to move on.
  • You can often do a lot of work in between hours, more than you think. You know exactly how much
    time you have, and what you might want to finish.
  • Divide your time in such a way that you leave room for unexpected events, but don’t let that happen.
  • Regularly schedule time to repeat. It’s better to repeat a little every day than at 
    once a lot. If you repeat the material more often, it will stick better.
    Reward yourself when you have completed your planning: an evening to the movies, a beer.
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