How to get more out of your studying time

Time is valuable

After all, everyone only has 24 hours a day. When it comes to studying, you want to get as much done as you can with the time you have, so you get time to do what really matters in life, such as spending time with friends and family or cultivating your talents!

You reap what you sow.

Simply put, you get out what you put in. Half assing your work while you’re studying can really damage the quality of your work AND increase the time it takes to complete the task at hand. If you value your sanity and your time, give your work your full attention when you’re doing it. You’ll find that when you’re so involved in your work, you’ll forget that you’re actually working- and end up learning much more and completing your workload to a better degree of success.

Finding the balance between work and rest

People often underestimate how much work they can complete before needing to go off and do something else for a bit. Don’t get me wrong, taking breaks is important for productivity, but just realize that it is better to have a break after you’ve gotten a substantial amount of stuff done rather than taking a break so you can procrastinate for another 20 minutes. Only take breaks when you really need to, and be honest with yourself. A student who takes breaks every half hour is just like an unfit person who rewards themselves with a tub of ice cream after a session on the treadmill. Perhaps a blunt analogy, but quite an accurate one.

The purpose of a break is to allow you to recover from a demanding studying session, so you can study more afterwards. Leisure time is for general fooling around and enjoyment- Remember the difference and you’ll be on your way to academic success!

The right studying environment.

If you’re like me and have noisy family members, it can be difficult to sit down and concentrate. Try to find a good place to study, such as a nice quiet corner of the public library. It may help to not bring your laptop along depending on what you’re studying- just make absolutely sure you don’t need the internet before leaving your laptop at home! I know that most people say that laptops are generally a distraction, but this is only true if you let yourself be distracted.

The right music might let you get in the zone, but more often than not it hurts more than it helps. I’ve found that peaceful, quiet atmospheric music such as this might help you focus. If you’re playing music, make sure that what you’re playing goes on for half an hour at least (i.e. a music compilation/mix or a playlist) because stopping your studies to choose your song every 5 minutes is very, very distracting!


I’ve already written about goals in other articles and in an article of its own, so I won’t waffle on- you have studying to do! Just remember, goal setting gives you a clear idea of what you want to achieve during the X hours you study. It allows you to focus your efforts and energy where it’ll make the biggest difference to your work load.