If you want to do well at school, taking time off studying to do other things may be one of the best things you can do. Surprised? So were we! But it’s been scientifically proven. Living a more balanced life, and taking the time for sport and social activities, means you’re more likely to get better results.
Study less, feel better
Less study sounds pretty good, right? Well, here's why it's important to take time out. With a good study-life balance you're more likely to:
- possess great organisation and time management skills
- increase your problem-solving skills
- have a positive attitude toward studying
- have high self-esteem and confidence
- be a good leader and team player
- finish your studies (i.e. not drop out)
- gain higher grades
- be proud of your achievements
- have better networks.
I'm convinced. But how do I fit in fun and study?
Glad you asked. An easy way is to schedule blocks of time for different things in your life. Grab a weekly planner and then block off time for everything that’s important to you. For example, time for school, study, paid work, hanging with friends and family, sport and exercise, and personal time. Colour-coding your planner will make it super-easy to read.
Don’t forget to factor in enough time for sleeping and eating, because they’ll make a huge difference to your exam results. Now is not the time to be tired and hangry!
Make the most of study time
Is your planner looking full? Wondering if you have enough time set aside to study? Well don’t stress. The good news is that the quality of your study time, is more important than the amount.
To make the most out of your study time:
- Have a designated space to study and make sure it’s comfortable. Avoid using your bed, as you want to be able to differentiate between your ‘study’ space and your ‘sleep’/’relaxation’ space.
- Close the door and ask family members not to bother you. This includes pets!
- Get rid of distractions like Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Use apps like SelfControl if you have to, or the built-in feature on iPhones that lets you set how many minutes a day you can spend on particular apps.
- Set a time when you'll stop, and make sure to schedule breaks in between study sessions.
- Know what you want to achieve in your session and try not to get distracted or side-tracked by other topics or tasks.
- Set aside blocks of time for certain tasks, such as reviewing information, reading, project work, or writing. Try and factor in things like talking about or explaining what you’ve been studying to a friend or relative, as this can be one of the most effective ways to study and ensure you actually know what you’re talking about.
Work and study hard - but don't forget to have fun along the way!