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10 Tips For Improving Academic Productivity

Each new school year starts off quite hard, and to make it easier to start, you should follow a few practical tips.

1. Prepare a to-do list

Prepare a list of all the tasks you have. Try to keep it as accurate as possible, so that everything is connected and that there is no last minute fear. Always keep it close at hand. This way you can know what tasks you have at every moment.

In this list, you can categorize tasks based on the subject matter or the type of action that you have to perform. There are many mobile/computer apps that can help you organize your tasks. Search and test until you find the one that works best for what you need.

2. Assigns priorities

It is also recommended to classify learning tasks according to their priority. Thus, to-do list will be clear to you which tasks come first and which ones can be postponed. To do this, you can use the Eisenhower Method, which is a very simple and useful method of prescribing to learn to distinguish between urgent and important.

To implement this method, we must classify tasks as urgent (require immediate action) or non-urgent (do not require immediate action) and important (they help you achieve your long-term goals) or unimportant (they do not help you achieve your goals). To do this, we will build a square, which, in turn, will be divided into four parts.

Tasks can be classified according to their priority following the following order:

  • Urgent and important tasks must be completed immediately.
  • Important, but not urgent, tasks can be postponed, but we must pay attention to them and plan them for completion.
  • Urgent but not important tasks, if you can delegate them to someone else, do so, and if you’re not looking for a space to do them yourself, they are not a priority.
  • Non-urgent and unimportant tasks are tasks that we can exclude if we have other, more priority tasks.

3. Use the applications on your phone

If you are studying in the 21st century, why not take advantage of this? Of course, we don’t mean that you spend your days playing with your smartphone, far from it. But the truth is that there are many applications that can be very helpful in learning. You can find apps for organizing and planning your studies, for improving concentration while studying, for taking notes, for organizing and sharing documents, for learning languages, and more. Online Learning helps you to improve your learning experience; it can be accessed at the tip of a phone. Many schools provide online coding classes and stem classes to improve the student learning experience.

4. Apply your teaching methods

There are some teaching methods that are very effective and can be very helpful in the learning process and in terms of enhancing your productivity as a student.

Read faster, summarize better, underline notes, memorize in less time … there are several research methods, and each has a different purpose. You will definitely be able to incorporate learning techniques into your routine that will help you become a better student.

5. Establish your own routine

Try to create your own study routine. For this, it is advisable that you always study in the same place (as much as possible) and at the same time. This will help after a while your mind will connect these hours of the day and this place with study and will automatically go into concentration mode.

6. Keep your study space organized and clean

Even if you don’t believe it, having a clean and tidy studio space is fundamental to improving your productivity. The reason is simple: by having it all in place, you will ensure that there are no unnecessary distractions.

In addition, you should have a comfortable study area, and if possible, with natural light and ventilation. Consider that you are going to spend many hours in your classroom, which is why it is so important to take care of the smallest details. Having it all in check will improve your experience and prevent you from distracting your attention from what’s important.

7. Identify your best study times

Of course, if you’ve studied for a long time, you’ve realized that you don’t give up at any time. Determining your best learning time will greatly facilitate the planning and efficiency of the time you spend learning.

There are people who have their peak of attention – at night, for others – during the day, and even some claim that the first hour of the morning gives much more. Listen to yourself, recognize which moments are easier for you to focus, and take advantage of them.

8. Take short breaks while studying

Surely you’ve ever done a training marathon and spent hours and hours without looking up from your books. Now think of something. Did you get the result you had so hard hoped for? Of course not. The reason is that in order to perform well while studying, we need to rest from time to time, refresh the mind, and stretch the body.

Research methods with the same good results as, for example, the Pomodoro app.

At the beginning of each day, select tasks to complete and put them on the scheduling list above.

Get started:

  1. List the tasks and prioritize them.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes (pomodoro) and leave a 5-minute break when you’re done.
  3. Complete the task you marked with intensity and without any distractions.
  4. Every 4 pomodoro, rest for 20 or 30 minutes, stopping thinking about previous activities as much as possible.

9. Go to bed earlier

Keep in mind that you need to sleep at least 7-9 hours as sleep is the time your body uses to recover and it has been proven that as long as you sleep, your brain works to anchor what you are. found out during the day.

Plus, if you don’t rest well, your productivity will be reduced the next day and you will be giving less. To prevent this from happening, the best thing you can do is go to bed early and rest all night.

Forget about watching TV from bed, reading with a tablet, or checking mail on the phone. If you find it difficult to sleep, read the book of a lifetime, with its sheets and bookmark. Do relaxation exercises before bed, or take an infusion to help you.

You might find it hard to change that at first and want to jump out of bed and watch your favorite episode on the couch again, but you still have to resist. Before you know it, you will create this new routine, improve your relaxation habits, and with it your productivity.

10. Reward your efforts

Think of your study routine as a personal learning plan with several goals that you define. When you achieve any of the goals you set for yourself, reward yourself. We don’t mean big gifts or prizes. Simple things like coffee with this friend or a walk in your favorite park may be enough. These small rewards will keep you motivated and make your study time more productive.

All of these tips can make you hard or you are just putting them into practice. We are not telling you to incorporate them all at once into your regular routine, but to gradually improve it.

Start by putting a couple of them into practice, and if they work, continue to gradually incorporate them into your training routine. You will see that in less time than you might imagine, you will achieve your goal without a problem: improve your study routine and increase productivity.


Author Bio: Archana Agarwal is a Postgraduate in International Management from the University of  Strathclyde, Scotland, an Entrepreneur, a proud mother to a 7-year-old, and Founder-CEO of Aark Learnings a leading online educational platform.


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