Maximise your study time

Getting into a good routine with your study workload is essential to manage your university life. Get some tips and tools to maximise your study time.

The earlier you can develop a routine, the easier it will be to maintain when the pressure comes on.

Develop a study routine

There are some useful study tools to help with setting up your study routine. Check out our study routine module that has helpful tips on setting up a good study routine.

Download a planner that you can use to plan out your week, trimester or year:

Everyone studies differently and learning what and how you best take in information is vital to being successful at university.

Join a study group

Study groups are a great way to keep focused and get support from others. They work to improve your study routine and success, especially around revision, and exams and assessment.

Benefits of joining a study group:

  • proven success—better grades, commitment to course work and motivation during study time
  • a great support network—contribute to your own learning and helping out others
  • develop great study skills, including work-based competencies that you can take out into the real world.

Want to set up a study group?—get some helpful tips about what’s involved in setting up and organising a regular study group.

Attend a time management workshop

Do you feel daunted by your busy schedule? Reduce the pressure of a heavy workload by planning your approach. Bring your timetable and assignment due dates to a Time Management Workshop to develop a personalised plan that will help you use limited time effectively.

Tips for maximing your study time

You’ll have a time during the day when you’re at your best—alert, focused and motivated. Get to know what works for you and make the most of this time.

  • Make your work digestable—Be more effective with your time by breaking your work into small manageable tasks you can complete. You can try this with large readings or assignments, by breaking them down into smaller managable pieces, you’ll be more effective.
  • Set small deadlines ahead of the real deadline. This will help you see the work progressing and means you are less likely to leave all your work until the actual deadline.
  • Make a to-do list of all of the work you have to do during the week will help you to remember what you need to get done. This will help with meeting deadlines and making sure you have enough time to get your work done on time.
  • Get a sense of achievement—Tick off tasks as you complete them, you'll be able to see the list getting smaller giving you a sense of achievement.
  • Take breaks—make the most of your study time take regular breaks. You will be more effective with the time you spend studying and avoid wasting time having to repeat revision or re-do parts of your assignment.
  • Be flexible with your planning and allow for buffers in case things don’t work out as expected.
  • Set aside time for revision. When doing readings—read through the whole article first, then go back and read key points.
  • Distracted?—If worries distract you, write them down on paper. You can leave it there then deal with it after you’ve finish studying. Find out how you can tackle common daily distractions.
  • Do it first if it's difficult—study difficult subjects first so you don’t leave them until last minute.
  • Remove pressure—consider staying with a relative or friend to alleviate pressure and take away distractions before an exam.
  • Reward yourself—it’s important after you finish a task or hand in an assignment, that you reward yourself with something you enjoy doing. Get some tips on how you can make time for rest and relaxation.

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Mauri Ora—Health and Counselling

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