Studying means managing a bunch of competing deadlines. It can be overwhelming and sometimes it feels impossible. Developing strategies for planning your time will help you to stay calm, organised and on top of everything. Check out our tips for managing your time below.
1. Make plans, score goals
Set out a list of what you want to achieve. For each item, write down what you'll need to do. Make it manageable and achievable. The idea is not to freak yourself out, but to chart a course to where you want to be. As you work through the list, you'll see yourself approaching and reaching your goals.
2. Write it down
Write down appointments, notes and ideas in a diary or notebook, and use a wall planner so that important dates (or just planned fun times) don't pass you by.
3. Limit distractions
Technology is pretty great but it also provides a heap of ways to procrastinate and distract yourself. Limit your social media scrolling to your breaks and shut down these distractions while you're studying.
4. Take breaks
If you cram study into every single minute you've got, you'll probably end up stressed and unhappy. Make sure you take time to relax and do things you enjoy. Whether it's sports, video games, music or anything else, don't let it go just because you're studying.
5. If you need back up, ask for it.
Time management for students is a skill. Like any skill, some people are better at it than others. If you're struggling with it, talk to someone who can help – teachers, friends, family, lecturers and counsellors.