Full-time student. Still not enough time

Full-time student? Still not enough time to study? Here are a few tips that can be quite helpful:

1. Have a clear motive

Every one of us has many reasons why we wanted to go to school, yet sometimes we might forget those in the hectic pace of going between tests and classes. Instead, maybe you should take a moment and just think about it. Why on Earth am I here and what do I want to get out of it? And then write down a few thoughts and put them in a place where you can see them. That will help dictate how you make choices with your time.

2. Sleep is God. Go worship

The National Institutes of Health once stated that students are one of the most sleep-deprived populations. Now, I know that it’s common to want to have a lot of fun while you’re a student. I’m not saying don’t do that. But your body might want a shut down just before the exam if you stay up the whole semester to party, then stay up a few weeks to study. The more consistent you can be with your sleep, the better off you will be. So, if you can avoid changing your sleep patterns on the weekend and make sure that you get a consistent amount of sleep, you’ll be much more productive.

3. Carry with you two gathering points at all time

A gathering point is a place where you capture ideas or assignments or paperwork that come at you throughout the day. The two gathering points I recommend you have are a digital notepad, such as OneNote, and a physical padfolio, some place where you can put paperwork as it’s given to you.

4. Listen as if you have to teach it to someone else

Now, when you’re in a class, the tendency for many people is to just write down lots of notes. And I mean like even the sound your teacher makes when he’s coughing. That’s not nearly as effective as writing down notes as if you’re preparing to teach it to a friend. This puts you in the mindset of really retaining what you learn and applying it both to your life and to their life.

5. The candle strategy

If none of the above works for you, call your grandmother and ask her to light a candle for you and say a prayer.

I wish you the best of success in your learning!

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