Set Aside Time for School Work
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Just like there’s a schedule for classes and work hours, it is important to have a schedule for homework and studying. When you set this schedule up at the very beginning you are more likely to stay consistent.
Consider the best time for you. Do you work better in the day time or the evening? Do you work better in 1 to 2 hour bursts or a full 4 hour study session?
Designate a Study Space
Find an optimal study space. Here are some suggestions:
A coffee shop—It provides a stimulating community, white noise, a relaxed atmosphere, wi-fi and coffee! You can be unknown and unbothered.
Academic Success Center—It is convenient for studying alone or in study groups. However, if the noise, movement or conversation is too distracting, relocate to where you can study effectively.
Your bedroom/personal space—It can be convenient to have all your study materials at hand. Its comfort can be both a blessing and a curse if you take too many naps!
Kitchen—Good lighting is conducive to good studying. Plus the kitchen has an open space for all your materials and nourishment at hand but avoid heavy foods.
The living room—A study area with comfy seating and enough space. Avoid distractions or projects around the house. If you love watching the television, it may not be the best option for a study space.
The library—It offers professional services, a quiet environment and wi-fi! An empty classroom provides an even quieter space.
Schedule in Sleep
Sleeping 7 to 8 hours is optimal for health!
Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
- Sleepiness and poor sleep quality are prevalent among university students, affecting their academic performance and daytime functioning.
- College students with medical-related majors are more likely to have poorer quality of sleep in comparison to those with a humanities major.
- College students who pull “all nighters” are more likely to have a lower GPA.
- Students who stay up late on school nights and make up for it by sleeping late on weekends are more likely to perform poorly in the classroom. This is because on weekends they are waking up at a time that is later than their internal body clock expects. The fact that their clock must get used to a new routine may affect their ability to be awake early for school at the beginning of the week when they revert back to their old routine.
Benefits of Sleep
- Due to the blood brain barrier the lymphatic system cannot wash away toxins during wakefulness.
- At night, glial cells create special channels for cerebrospinal fluid to keep neurons healthy.
- Another vital role of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. All the information you take in during the day is consolidated when you are sleeping. Consolidation is the transfer of information from short-term memory to the stronger long-term memory. Those who regularly sleep at least 7 hours tend to retain information and perform better on memory tasks.
Tips for Better Sleep Patterns
- Schedule your sleep. Appoint a bed time and wake-up time that’s the same time every day of the week. This will help establish your body’s circadian rhythm. Adopt a habit of doing the same things each night, such as reading or praying.
- Relieve stress. Stress takes a big toll on sleep. If your mind is racing, try adopting some stress-reducing techniques. Keep a journal by your bedside and write down what’s bothering you. Sometimes just having some alone time with God is all you need. Take some advice from the Word: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).