- ORGANISE YOUR STUDY SPACE
Being comfortable and free of distractions is vital for any study period. There is no set rule to organising your study space; we are all different. Some students may like having background music on while others might work with a cluttered workspace, but the main priority is to be focused and ready to learn. You may need to try different things to make the perfect study space.
- ORGANISE YOUR STUDY TIME
All students will have different study plans. We suggest that you work on a study plan that can be valuable for your studies for the upcoming year. In the end, you will find a study plan that will make you feel comfortable and motivated to learn.
- ORGANISE STUDY GROUPS WITH FRIENDS
Study sessions with friends can be beneficial, helping each other to understand how you might answer questions that you are stuck on. But everyone needs to be focused during study groups and not be distracted by topics that are irrelevant to the group. Alternatively, you can suggest rewards for achieving goals during these sessions.
- TAKE BREAKS REGULARLY
Studying without breaks can be counterproductive. Having a study plan will remind you to take a step back from your studies and go outside for some Vitamin D. Additionally, research has shown, taking breaks can improve your long term retention of knowledge.
- ENJOY BRAIN FOOD
We recommend that you choose nutritious foods during this time, as it will keep your brain moving and focused. Try consuming more foods such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. On the other hand, eating large portions of sugary foods can lead to a short term energy boost, but will not help your long term motivation to study.
- PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY
It is easier said than done, but putting your phone away can cause fewer distractions and be more productive for your studies. Simple steps like creating a schedule for yourself to answer phone calls and notifications can allow family and friends to know you are in a study period and be less worried. Furthermore, utilising your voicemail can be helpful as you won’t need to miss vital phone calls from people.
- WATER, WATER, WATER!
Researchers recommend drinking water daily to improve your everyday life, and no doubt this includes your study time. Drinking water through your long study periods allows your brain to keep moving and makes you feel hydrated. Always have a reusable drink bottle next to you and refill while on your regular breaks.
- BE KIND TO YOURSELF
We recommend you look after yourselves during your studies. Having a routine of sleep, eating healthily and exercising could keep you focused and not run down. But if you are struggling, please reach out for help.
You can contact the following organisations for assistance;
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
Student Housing Australia wishes our tenants all the best for the upcoming academic year. SHA hopes the above tips will guide you to success.