Posted October 28, 2014 by

How to Learn More Spending Less Time

Melissa Burns

Melissa Burns

If there is a question that every student asks himself at least from time to time, it is this: how am I supposed to do so much in so short a time? People behind the curriculum often seem to believe that students possess nigh superhuman abilities when it comes to acquiring and processing new information and performing assignments. It is, of course, flattering, but the question remains: how to deal with such a load?

Luckily for you, there are some ways to do it: some age-old, some brand-new.

1. Have a Plan

It may sound trite, but the sad truth is that: if you don’t have a plan you are not going to get far. Allow specific time every day to dedicate to your studies, set deadlines to the tasks that don’t have ones, keep track of your assignments and never allow them to accumulate. By adopting a plan and carefully following through with it you will be able not only to always be aware of all you have to do at a particular moment, but also to save a considerable amount of time – you will no longer have to think what to do next, your pre-written plan will take care of that.

2. Using Smart Drugs

A lot of students think over taking “smart drugs” looking for more direct ways of improving their efficiency. But you should be very careful when it comes to using smart drugs like Noopept. They are an excellent and easy way to increase alertness, improve cognitive functions, make it easier for you to process new information, enhance your long-term memory and in general make your brain work better. But in the same time they are very dangerous and totally demotivate you and cause depression in a long-term perspective. And of course you shouldn’t hope to improve your performance with their help overnight.

3. Prepare Your Work Environment

In order to do more in less time you have to concentrate on your studies and avoid distractions. In order to concentrate, you have to be smart about preparing your workplace.

It should be a silent place with as few external stimuli as possible. No TV, no music. Don’t study in bed – you shouldn’t associate the place where you study with anything but studying. If you live in a dorm, come to an agreement with your roommates about when and why they may distract you from work. But best, try working when they are not around. Consider going to a library – it is much easier to work in a place that is designed specifically for work.

4. Eat Correctly

Some foods are proved to improve your cognitive function and therefore are recommended to consume at times of great intellectual strain. Nuts, blueberries, broccoli, spinach and fish are especially beneficial. Chocolate isn’t bad, either, but it should preferably be dark, as it contains more cocoa.

While you study, keep snacks nearby – you shouldn’t have a pretext for getting up and going to get one. If you have to study for four hours straight – do it, don’t look for ways to distract yourself.

5. Don’t Rely on Coffee and Energy Drinks

They may be alright for a one-time all-nighter but it won’t do to keep you up on a regular basis. Sooner or later it will result in breakdown, and you don’t want it to happen before an exam.

If you cannot find time to deal with all your assignments, don’t lose heart – students have been dealing with stress for generations before and vast majority of them emerged victorious. Using these tips, you are likely to do well, too.

Melissa is a student of journalism. She is graduating this year and is working on her own project Studday dedicated to deliver information about educational trends and opportunities to students all over the world.

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