Us university students know just how hard it can be sometimes coping with the amount of work we have to do. From writing long essays, to doing masses of coursework and of course revision for exams. It isn’t easy, but like most things there is always ways around this to make student life that little less stressful for you.
Here are 7 ways that may help towards coping with your studying.
1) Be Organised!
We all know universities like to pile the work on and we all know how stressful this can be. Well, to relieve that stress a little bit, write a list of exactly what you need to do and when. This way your work will be organised, you can work to a schedule making sure you are working nicely towards those deadly deadlines.
If you organise yourself a little bit more this may stop the work from getting on top of you so much and everything you need is right in front of you when and if you need it.
There is nothing better than knowing you have some yummy snacks during your study session to look forward too. Anything from crisps, sweets, chocolate, energy drinks. For once, I am promoting lots of sugar and sweetness to keep up your energy for those late nights in the library.
However, this isn’t a long term solution. If your studying over a few weeks or months, changing what you eat in your diet could actually help you more than you would imagine. Eating fish is good as it is known as ‘brain food’ and is filled with protein and omega 3 to keep your brain functioning as it should be. It is also important to make sure you have plenty of vegetables and fresh fruit in your diet as this will do you wonders as well in the long run.
3) Good night’s sleep
Although juggling all your uni work at once means late nights or even early mornings, but it is so important that this isn’t being done every day.
Sleep is so important and it has been show to improve problem solving skills and memory performance, both things in which are important at university.
It is said that most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, so make sure you get at least this and you will be as right as rain!
4) Get rid of ANY distractions!
As hard as it may be, try and avoid any contact with anyone else. This means no phone, no posting memes on Facebook, no uploading selfies onto Instagram and no telling people every move your making on Snapchat. FOCUS! If you have all of these distractions it’s only going to take longer for you to do what you need to do. Just remember once you’re done you’re done and you can go on your phone as much as you like.
Of course, there are times when your phone may be useful for your studying but unless it isn’t, TURN THEM OFF!
5) Have a break
The worst thing you can do is study continuously without giving yourself a breather. Doing this makes it easier for you to lose concentration and motivation to do any of your work and of course that isn’t a good thing. Going out for a walk and getting some fresh air is good for helping refresh yourself and gain back your concentration after studying hard. Even if you sit down and watch a bit of television, anything that takes your mind off of your studies for a short while is sure to help you.
Create yourself a study routine that is best suited to you. For example, study for an hour then have a 15-minute break. Or you might even want to do shorter bursts of studying depending how quickly you may lose concentration. For example, studying for half an hour and then have a quick 5-minute breather. Whatever works best for you, do it!
Make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water as this is essential towards your brain working to the best of its ability.
If you are having a late-night study session then a can of red bull or any energy drink can’t hurt. Or even a cup of coffee. Just try not to overdo it with the energy drinks as although it’s okay to have a couple, too many can be really bad for you.
So be careful.
7) Keep your study space tidy
There is nothing worse than trying to study while there is mess around you. Clean the surroundings in which you are studying in and it will make your life a whole lot easier.
However, some might say they work better with a cluttered working space but then some may not. Figure out what works best for you and get it right in order to have the most productive session possible.