Sofia Lyakhova suggests the list of rules, which will allow students to achieve the best results in the educational process.
How to succeed in your studies and significantly increase productivity?
I created a special list of steps that can make your university years easier.
Relaxation is important
Do you think it is good to work all day and night long without sleep and lunch break? It is a myth that the key to success is an absence of rest since your brain, as well as body after physical training, also can be tired from harsh mental activity. When you feel that you cannot understand information anymore, just stop and let your brain reload. You can even spend 30 minutes staring at the ceiling if it helps you to take a break. Your sleep is also a treasure you must preserve, so always try to sleep at least 6 hours at night to be more productive the next day since an hour in the morning worth two in the evening.
Try to obtain information from other sources, not only from lectures
It is good if you read your textbook, but I am quite sure, there a lot of recommended further readings to each topic, which you are supposed to read. If you do not like them – use other resources: books or the Internet. In order to study well you need to be as curios as possible, you have to eager to know more.
Do not afraid to answer
There is no shame in making mistakes, even teachers do them. So, if you have any idea according to a particular issue – raise your hand and ask. Besides, many instructors add points even for the wrong answers, so participate actively.
Time-management: Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today
Always keep in mind (or write notes on your phone, if your memory is not as reliable as you want it to be) when the deadlines come, range them by dates and complexity. Do not postpone all your assignment till the night before the deadline. Isolate yourself from useless scrolling in social networks or if you desperately like communicating, isolate yourself from society while you are working as being alone increases your productivity. However, it is almost impossible to fully reject from all electronic devices, so identify the time during the day you can spend on social networks, computer games and etc. Moreover, you can introduce so-called rewards, when only after one hour of severe work you can rest for 20 minutes as business before pleasure.
How to motivate yourself? The key recommendation – be sure that you will have a bright future in the position you always dreamed of but only if you study well. Hence, select a program you want to study, based on your interests and willingness. It is also relevant to set goals you eager to achieve, in short run as well as long run. So be aimed to a good study.
Try not to skip your classes
Even if you are not always concentrated on the teacher’s explanations, you still memorize some information. It is better to get 40% of information than 0%. Besides, it is much easier to prepare for the seminars if you presented in the lectures. Obviously, there are some reasons when you can skip classes, such as illnesses or other compassionate grounds, but otherwise, try always to find a time to participate in classes.
Collaborate with your classmates
It allows to exchange experience and share knowledge and do not fear to ask for assistance. Imagine, you forgot to prepare one part of your homework, and your friend, for instance, does not remember a topic you are quite confident in, so it will be a great chance to share an experience. Besides, when you ‘teach’ someone, it also helps you to accumulate and get knowledge, memorize and learn information. Nevertheless, don’t spend time uselessly, even if you want to discuss all the gossips with your friends, first prepare your assignment.
Don’t stress too much
It is really important not to worry before the exams, so get rid of stress and panic before an important day. Try to be stress-resistant and confident that you are able to do all the tasks.
Get rid of laziness
Laziness is your enemy since you can be very smart but because of your indolence, you would not achieve as much as you could. So just pick yourself up and conquer your laziness.
Find a comfortable place to study
There is no doubt that your room or even your bed is the most convenient place for you, but it is better to work in the place, which is not alike to your private space as it desperately ruins concentration. Hence, surround yourself by working atmosphere: prepare for classes in the library, where nobody and nothing distracts from studying or it is even possible to find a desolate quiet place in the local park.