On Productivity

Heading into May only means one thing for the vast majority of students, exams. Having spent almost six years at University (forever a student) it is safe to say I’ve done my fair share of exams. I know everyone has their own routines in terms of studying but I thought I’d share a few study tips with you. Those of you lucky enough to not have any exams coming up, this guide may also help you complete that project you said you’d always get round to or help you to be more productive at work.

 

Remember Why You Started:

It’s normal when you are working towards any final goal to have bumps in the road where you lack motivation. Concentration occurs in waves and whilst there is always that individual that seems super focused 100% of the time, this just isn’t the reality. Make sure you get work done whilst you are at your most productive. For me, I work best in the afternoon and into the early evening so I make sure I structure my day around this and use this for the tasks that require the most energy. If you are lacking in motivation, think about why you started in the first place and the best possible outcome.

Learn What Works Best For You:

We all have different learning styles and way that we work. Find out what works for you and embrace it. It is so easy to look at those who are successful in your field and try to copy their techniques but rarely do we see the whole picture. Especially as a student, it is easy to get caught up with who is spending the most time in the library but try to ignore what other people are doing by focusing on your own goals. Sadly it has become part of British culture that we perceive those who stay at the office for hours on end as being the most productive. Think about quality over quantity.

Look After Yourself:

Revising or working when stressed can mean that we process information inefficiently. Make sure you still schedule time in for your hobbies and take time out to do the things you enjoy. When you return to your work it will be of higher quality and you’ll find that you achieve more. Don’t compromise on your diet and sleep to get through a stressful period, it just isn’t sustainable.

 

For all of those with exams coming up, good luck! Do share any tips/techniques that you have found useful in the comments below.

 

 

 

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  1. abbeylouisarose
    April 30, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Massive GOOD LUCK with your exams, Joelle!! I have exams coming up in June, a written paper and a viva voce oral exam (eek), so I also need to have a very productive time this month! I completely agree with you that finding what works for you is vital – people can lecture you all they want about “how you should revise” but really only you can discover what works best for you! Personally, I’m a very visual learner, so creating spreads in my notebook with my revision material is a great way for me to remember! You’re also 100% right when you say that comparing your study methods to others is a bad idea, quality over quantity every time! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  2. April 30, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Gosh, I am sending you so much luck. I left exams behind a long time ago and I haven’t missed them at all. No surprises there I’m sure you’ll agree! I used to find mind mapping and lots of colour to help enormously with my revision.

  3. April 30, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Good luck for your exams! These are great tips and pointers for those who have exams too! This will be James next year!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  4. April 30, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    I needed to read this so badly right now! I’m in my first year and at the moment I’m really struggling with keeping motivated for exams etc as at university you really can feel like you’re alone. Lovely post, definitely shall keep re-reading this one!
    Hayley X

  5. April 30, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I felt so lucky that in university I did a course that didn’t have exams. I hated exams when I did my GCSEs and A Levels so it felt amazing not to have any more! Good luck to everyone taking exams in the next couple of months – you’ll all be amazing!

  6. May 8, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Doing what works for you is so important. It’s good to experiment and adjust but not to do XYZ because the experts say you have to do it that way!

  7. May 12, 2017 / 10:03 am

    I needed this post so much today!
    My first exam is on Monday and I’ve still not finished my coursework! Now I’m gaining back some motivation!
    Good Luck with your exams lovely!

    Bronagh
    http://www.BronaghLoves.com

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