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How do You Study?

July 3rd, 2013

The great thing about studying on courses like ours is the flexibility. You choose when you study and for how long, and you choose when to send your work to us for assessment. This is great when you want to fit your course into a busy lifestyle. But, it also means that you need to be highly organised so that you make the most of the time you have and avoid the dreaded procrastination.

One of the ways you can do this is to create a study plan. It’ll help you decide on a number of issues, such as:

• the best time of the day to study – it’s a good idea to find out when you work best. Some people are better at studying in the morning, others prefer to wait until the evening – I’m one of those! This may take a little while to work out, but once you’ve discovered the best time to study you’ll be much more effective.

• where to study – this may seem trivial, but it is really important, as not having the right environment to study in can affect how you assimilate information and your ability to write well. You should make sure that your place of study is quiet, well lit, the right temperature and well ventilated too. If possible, you should also have a comfortable, but supportive, chair to sit on and a table to work at. Keep the things you need close to hand so that you don’t have to keep getting up to fetch things as this will break your concentration.

• how long you should spend studying at each session – as with when you study, how long you should spend studying at each session is valuable information. If you can work out your optimum study time you’ll be able to make the most of the time you put aside.

• how many times per week you should study – discovering the optimum number of times you should study per week, will allow you to make the most of the you have available.

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be able to organise a realistic study plan. Of course, if you find that it’s not working out – change it! And please be honest with yourself in this process otherwise you’ll end up with a plan that you’ll not be able to stick to, which could leave you feeling disheartened.

Have fun!

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