How To Establish A Study Routine

A routine is something you do regularly, without any thought or consideration. There are many examples that we have each and everyday; morning routines where you wash your face, brush your teeth, get changed and eat your breakfast, or bedtime routine, such as a shower, brushing your teeth again, and jumping into bed. The power of them is that they happen automatically! It does not take you any extra energy to decide to do it. In fact, it can take a lot of energy to not do them.

That is the core reason why it is so important to build yourself a study routine. Imagine, every day you had some time set aside to complete your work, so much so, that even on days you did not want to, you still do it because it has just become part of your routine!

However, a routine is not the easiest to create. It requires a lot of focus and awareness to your own actions so to help you along your journey, I’ve included a few tips and tricks that I have used in the past.

But before I go into them, I think it is important to highlight a few key points to remember when you are in the thick of it all:

  • Understanding the power of consistency: doing a task for a set period of time repeatedly allows that to accumulate, and it is the effect of that cumulative total which then allows you to improve your knowledge or skills
  • Thinking long-term rewards as opposed to short-term gains: this is a powerful concept to grasp in many aspects of life
  • The importance of routine: when a task becomes a rountine, it becomes a habit that would be weird not to do; and that is the goal! Imagine it feeling strange when you don’t sit down to do a bit of work or study.

Now, for the tips for you to build your study routine!

  • Pick a time, lock it in: the body works in mysterious ways but our internal clocks are quite precise. If you pick a time and stick with it, you will begin to recognise that time of the day as the time for study and when it becomes consistent, it will become your study time. It can be a specific time, or defined by an event, such as before or after dinner, immediately when arriving home, or first thing in the morning.
  • Stick to the same method: you have to make it as easy as possible for yourself to slip into your study mode, and that means sticking to the same method of study. This means it does not take a lot of energy for you to dig out a new textbook or look up a new set of questions, or find some new flashcards each day that you sit down to work. It may be a bit boring at first, but over time, when the routine is in place, you can move on to trying something different.
  • Keep it simple: this is a continuation of using the same method. Do not sit down to do something that is monumentally difficult each time you go to study. For instance, doing entire practice papers, making notes out of chapters of a textbook or writing complete essays are not tasks that you can sit down achieve easily, and hence, do not lend themselves well to building a habit. It is important to remember the cumulative effect that your routine hopes to achieve; that one question per day is seven in a week, the ten flashcards you make every day makes three hundred in a month!
  • Prioritise your session: this is where it starts to get tough! Once you have decided when your study session will take place, that is protected time. Have your method and your materials ready to go and priortise. If anyone asks you to do anything else (especially your parents) during that time; you tell them you’re studying and that is that.
  • Do not skip more than two days: missing one day happens. Things may pop up and interrupt your time but it is important that you get back on the bandwagon at the next possible opportunity: the next day. I believe this to be psychologically important because once you have skipped two days, you have recreated a routine of not studying and it is essential to reverse that as soon as you get the chance.

So there you have it! A few tips to get you into creating your own study routine! If you have any questions around the different ways in which I use to study, get in touch and we can talk about it!

Keep working!

Eamon

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