Studies show that the brain loses focus if you study for too long. Taking short breaks throughout your study time can increase your retention of the material. You should take a 10 minute break every 40- 90 minutes. So for those of you that study for 8 hours straight, you might want to slow down a little.
2. Put the phone down
Instagram and Snapchat can wait. Cell phone usage is a huge distraction that leads to procrastination. Even if it is not in use, just seeing the phone can distract you. This seems hard to believe, but studies reveal that college students perform much better with minor tasks when their cell phones are not distracting them. (Meaning they aren't visible at all)!
Don’t worry, you can count your likes later!
3. Do not get overwhelmed
We all have felt what it's like when there is too much to do. We don't know where to begin. Start with small tasks because panicking about it will only waste your time. Get started!
4. Make deadlines for yourself
Forcing yourself to complete things early will ensure that they will be done with time to spare. This will prevent you from procrastinating when you know you need to be productive. If you are strict with yourself, you will be able to turn Netflix off for a chunk of time each day to make progress on major assignments.
5. Create to-do lists
This helps you stay organized so you won't forget anything. Lists can aid you when block out your time. Be sure to list your tasks and check them off when they are completed. Acknowledging your progress will increase productivity! Sometimes we actually do need some positive encouragement. (Big surprise right?!)
6. Set goals and rewards
Creating goals that are rewarded with small pleasures will help give you a determined mindset with the ultimate goal of accomplishing what needs to be done. This will increase productivity by encouraging yourself to achieve your minor goals. For example, if you finish a task by a certain time, then you can have a treat afterwards. Just remember to be disciplined. (I have found that candy works great for this tip!)
7. Join something of interest to you
Alhough this may sound like it is using up your study time, it can play a big factor in increasing homework productivity. Spending time doing something you enjoy will make you happy and more focused when it's time to buckle down. This also limits your time for studying, so it forces you to be productive when you have to, rather than procrastinating all night long. Go join the environmental club and help save the world!
8. Go to bed at a reasonable time
All the studying in the world is not going to help you if you are going to bed at 5am. Sleep is crucial when it comes to studying and performance. Once you have studied enough, go to bed. That will actually help you more than going over the material five more times. When you are tired, you do not function well. After a certain, point sleep is more important. Even though everyone feels like they can’t study enough for their math test, a good night of rest will increase memory, retention, and performance. Did you know that 60% of high school students suffer from extreme daytime fatigue because they are getting only about 6.5 hours of sleep a night? It is suggested that teens should get 8-10 hours of sleep. How much sleep do you get?
9. Start your homework at school
After school or free periods are a great time to do work. You will still be focused on the school day and your evening will then be freed up. This helps eliminate distractions that affect your productivity at home. After you can enjoy the rest of your day, stress free.
10. Go to extra help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You may be surprised how helpful 15 minutes of extra help can be. 15 minutes can help you save time on assignments that you did not understand previously. (We all know how much time we waste on work, simply because we didn't understand the assignment.) Also, this will help your grade improve and it shows the teacher you are eager to understand the material. Additionally, this frees up some time by forcing you to get things done during the school day. What's the worst case scenario? You understand the material better? Sounds like a no-brainer to me!