As a student, there are many things you have to accomplish and to balance. A student’s life is indeed busy, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t be organized. In fact, being organized is possible for you to be on top of things!
Getting yourself organized is an important first step in forming proper study skills. This allows you to become more effective as a student. If you feel like your current study habits are not working for you anymore, you can try new organization techniques to make your study time easier and enjoyable.
Here are some of the best ways to stay organized when studying:
- Ensure that your workspace is study friendly
Always check if your workspace has all the materials you need for your studies, such as papers, notebooks, pens, and the like. If you use a desktop computer or laptop, it’s also best to set it up on your table or near it for easy access (in case you need to use it for research). Check the lighting in your desk as well – whether you study in the morning or night – ensure that your space is well lit. Having a study friendly workspace enables you to work with optimum concentration.
- Organize your materials
As you study, there will come a time when all your study notes and books will all pile up on your desk until your space becomes limited. Keep your materials organized by disposing of scratch papers and notes which you do not need anymore, and index/label all your important notes. You can also organize your books on a shelf and your pens in a pen holder to clean your study space.
- Use a planner
Besides having an organized workspace, having an organized schedule is also an important aspect to keep you on track for your study time! Practice how to allocate your time to do a specific task. This will help you be less stressed in studying for important tests. The time you set aside for studying and doing homework becomes easier to follow through once you have plotted them in your to-do list for the day.
- Create your own deadline
Creating your own deadline before the actual deadline helps you plan accordingly and gives you an allowance if there are changes in the certain task or project you are doing. This lessens your stress, especially when projects and homework from different subjects are being given to you in one go.
- Eliminate distractions and take breaks
Being focused on studying is easily achievable when you remove all distractions. To keep you from being distracted, it’s necessary to take timely breaks. After this, go back to where you left off and put all your mind and effort into it. You may also try listening to soft or classical music at a low volume to help you concentrate.