I also like to break up my studying so that I am not sitting down for hours doing only one thing. Plan to fit in some time in the middle to do something that makes you happy!
My advice on study techniques is first, you need to get some good rest before hitting the books. I put on my diffuser with some lavender oil, have a nice cup of camomile tea and some meditation music. That got me in a relaxed space that assisted me in falling asleep. I would wake up in the morning and go for a walk and point out things to be greatful of. I found getting into the swing of study was a bit more bare able. I set myself a to do list for study. I wrote out what I wanted to get done but I didn’t put pressure on myself to nail it on the first few days or week. It all takes time and patience. Start off little with the things you want to study for and give yourself credit. Just know that everything will be ok and you can get through anything. If I could get through that tough moment in my life I believe anyone can. I have faith.
As with studying, research shows that if you can focus for the first 40 seconds of a task, the rest is much easier! Chris Bailey’s book Hyperfocus contains some really good tips. Alternatively you can google him – I think he has a blog.
Make sure you are eating well and getting exercise. Time away from study is just as important as time spent studying. Take some time before to predict what might come up in your reading, and take time afterwards to reflect. Certainly no screens immediately afterwards. The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. I understand this isn’t possible all the time, especially not when there is lots to remember. So another way to tackle learning is to identify your learning type. Maybe you learn better by seeing images, or by doing something. Take some time to consider which might apply to you, and experiment with different things. There are online quizzes you can take but, as suggested, you learn better by finding something out for yourself.
I am a teacher with a study tips website and am very interested in this. I have read many of the books and research on it. These tips are the best place to start, but there is lots and lots of advice out there, mainly in blogs and books.
Try stuff out, that’s the important thing. Keep refining your technique, and don’t stop just because you think something is working. Keep refining it, because nobody is perfect.
from a stranger at the grocery store. I dwell on those simple blessings and use them to motivate me to keep on track and remember my purpose. And then I smile at sad looking strangers at the grocery store.
Also choose something that sparks your interest! Then it won't seem like a chore.
I became a lot more more optimistic after creating productive schedule (running, deep working, meditating etc.). The knowing that I grow more and more as person really motivates.
Only you can solve a lack of sleeping. You’d prepare to sleep before it’s 1 am. Plan your day to get your tasks done and do everything else so you will keep up do everything before the time you got to sleep.
Sleeping is very important, really.
Good luck and organize your day full of great tasks so you won’t have time for depression and unmotivated mood!
Besides that… make sure your expectations are realistic. If you are depressed and working on changing that, you may not have the energy or stamina to study as much or as many hours as someone who isn’t ill. Just like having a cold having depression is real.
Are you setting things up so you succeed. No distractions? Plenty of time? Knowledge of how you learn and using that knowledge to decide how you study?
Find a tutor or mentor if you need one. Try different things and find out what works. We are all different and all need a different combination of things to learn.
Are you trying to learn something you care about? That really helps.
Have you scheduled studying in the best part of you day? When you have the most energy and ability to concentrate. Do you put it off for days so if there is a deadline you can’t give it your all?
Change those things. But first of all… treat your depression.
- How do you know if you’re stressed?
- How to stay more focused, and not get distracted by little things?
- What do you do if you feel depressed on exams week?
- How can I stop a bad habit?
- How do you find time to read?
- How do you test your learning?
- How much time do you spend learning and studying?
- I want to learn something practical like making clothes, knitting, singing, painting … any book suggestion, youtube channel or whatever?
- Sometimes it is quite hard to maintain my focus on learning and studying. I find myself checking mail, reading social media commentary and avoiding the still to be worked on assignments. What can I do to prevent that?
- How can I stay focused and motivated for a long time?