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WRITTEN BY:

BREE TAYLOR

STUDENT WELLBEING COACH

Cht, Dip App Sci, Mas NLP

Continued from:

Study Overwhelm for new students – Part 2

So you have now got a plan together about how to tackle your study, and [...]

So you’ve done some Time blocking and put together a schedule to fit in your 12-15 hours of study each week – well done!

The next step is ensuring that you follow through on this plan by creating appropriate motivation and a positive mindset to get it done.

Key things that can help you with this include:

  • Review
    Reviewing your time blocking schedule the day prior so you know what time you need to start / finish your study (Eg/ 2pm – 5pm with a short break)
  • Prepare!
    Ensure you do things to get yourself in a good mental and physical space to study 15-25 minutes before your allocated start time, as you would do when showing up for work. This could include:
    • making sure you have eaten and are hydrated 🍎 💧
    • going to the toilet / stretching / preparing your body 🚽 🤸
    • setting up your space so it is tidy, feels welcoming and actually invites you to want to sit down and do your study 🪴 📚 😊
    • putting on music, an essential oil diffuser or things that inspire you or create focus 🎧 🎶 
    • if you are doing short bursts of study (eg. 40mins) set a timer on your phone to remind you when to take a break ⏱🎗
    • if you are doing longer stints (2hrs) set a timer so you move, stretch and have water to refresh yourself at the end of this ⏰ 🚶
  • Reflect
    Afterwards, reflect on how your study went. Were you focused and productive? If not, what might have helped you to create more of that?
  • And finally celebrate!
    If you followed through on your planned study hours, consider things you can put in place for yourself as rewards the more consistently you meet your goals
    • E.g. watch a movie, social outing with friends, have a nice long bath 🛀 🎥
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