5 super easy ways to enhance your study routine

5 super easy ways to enhance your study routine

Time is a scarce resource, and creating a study routine allows you to make the most of it. With these 5 easy to incorporate tips, you can transform your productivity and take it to a whole new level.

1. Stay hydrated: This might seem like an odd addition to this list, but it’s essential. Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. Years of research have linked even mild dehydration with impaired cognitive performance, particularly when completing tasks involving attention as well as executive functions like working memory and cognitive flexibility.

2. Have a permanent and dedicated workspace: ideally, this should be a place that is free of distraction and kept reasonably tidy to ensure it remains a place you want to be in.

To be clear, this space is for studying. Don’t go on Facebook, watch Netflix, or engage in any other activity, even in your off-time. If all you do is study here, then your brain will associate this spot with your work and you’ll find that your focus improves.

3. Avoid switching between subjects and tasks: For example, if you are studying in 50 minute blocks (which I recommend for all the high school and primary school students I tutor), then focus on one subject for that time frame and stick to it. Jumping between things tends to slow you down overall and is more likely to result in errors.

4. Create a NOT-to-do list: This one comes from Tim Ferriss, author of the ‘Four Hour Work Week’. Having this list helps to determine your TO-do list. Write down all the things that you do daily but shouldn’t because they get in the way of your work/study goals.

An example not-do-to list might include:

  • Checking Facebook first thing in the morning
  • Web surfing/scrolling on social media platforms
  • Staying in bed for a while after you’ve woken up
  • Sleeping after midnight on a school night
  • Checking emails in the morning and multiple times throughout the day

5. Prioritise: Make a list of your top ten priorities and then pick the two that are the most critical. These are usually the ones that will contribute to your desired outcome the most (see previous blog: Take your Productivity to the next level). Focus on these priorities before you worry about the others.

I’ve been tutoring high school and primary school students for many years, and I promise you that these tips are not just for study freaks or students who are super committed. They can be applied by anyone. Use them to work smarter!

 

Study Sphere are a team of in-home high school and primary school tutors based in Sydney’s North Shore and Northern Beaches. Please contact us to discuss how we can help.

Time is a scarce resource, and creating a study routine allows you to make the most of it. With these 5 easy to incorporate tips, you can transform your productivity and take it to a whole new level.

1. Stay hydrated: This might seem like an odd addition to this list, but it’s essential. Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. Years of research have linked even mild dehydration with impaired cognitive performance, particularly when completing tasks involving attention as well as executive functions like working memory and cognitive flexibility.

2. Have a permanent and dedicated workspace: ideally, this should be a place that is free of distraction and kept reasonably tidy to ensure it remains a place you want to be in.

To be clear, this space is for studying. Don’t go on Facebook, watch Netflix, or engage in any other activity, even in your off-time. If all you do is study here, then your brain will associate this spot with your work and you’ll find that your focus improves.

3. Avoid switching between subjects and tasks: For example, if you are studying in 50 minute blocks (which I recommend for all the high school and primary school students I tutor), then focus on one subject for that time frame and stick to it. Jumping between things tends to slow you down overall and is more likely to result in errors.

4. Create a NOT-to-do list: This one comes from Tim Ferriss, author of the ‘Four Hour Work Week’. Having this list helps to determine your TO-do list. Write down all the things that you do daily but shouldn’t because they get in the way of your work/study goals.

An example not-do-to list might include:

  • Checking Facebook first thing in the morning
  • Web surfing/scrolling on social media platforms
  • Staying in bed for a while after you’ve woken up
  • Sleeping after midnight on a school night
  • Checking emails in the morning and multiple times throughout the day


5. Prioritise: Make a list of your top ten priorities and then pick the two that are the most critical. These are usually the ones that will contribute to your desired outcome the most (see previous blog: Take your Productivity to the next level). Focus on these priorities before you worry about the others.

I’ve been tutoring high school and primary school students for many years, and I promise you that these tips are not just for study freaks or students who are super committed. They can be applied by anyone. Use them to work smarter!


Study Sphere are a team of in-home high school and primary school tutors based in Sydney’s North Shore and Northern Beaches. Please contact us to discuss how we can help.