If you're a student then you'll know the struggle of having distractions when you're studying at home. It's so easy to find yourself engrossed in an activity and only realise two hours later that you were supposed to be finishing your Geography homework. If you're currently on study leave then this problem will be all the more exaggerated. You can easily put this right by trying a few simple things that will increase your productivity. These quick tips come from someone who used to be home educated (yes, me!) so you're in safe hands.

To-Do Lists

These are great to make before you start revising. Write down everything you need to do, both academic and non-academic. Include topics you need to revise before your exam, emails to send etc. Don't be too vague - make sure you break each task into multiple parts if it's going to take some time. For example, if you put 'revise Crusade topic for History' or 'understand trigonometry' it's not going to help you out a great deal. Here's how you could break it down to be more achievable:

  • Revise Crusade topic - check dates of First Crusade - practice exam question on motivations for crusading - make fact files about the characters
  • Understand trigonometry - read the chapter on trigonometry - write up notes on trigonometry - practice questions 1, 2 and 3 - write down anything I don't understand

The great thing about to-do lists is even if you don't achieve everything you wanted to right away you can use the list the next day.

Writing down productivity

I find this method really helps if you're struggling to find the motivation to study. Write in a notebook everything you've achieved in a set amount of time - an hour is best. To start with you could record the things you've done every 5-10 mins and then increase the time when you're ready.

It's so helpful to see what you have achieved and makes you want to use your time wisely.

Make it interesting

Making your study time more personal to you is important as it will motivate you more, even if the topic you're revising is dull. Try making notes using coloured pens and highlighters or working in a slightly different way to normal, such as playing a memory game with flashcards or discussing the topics with a friend.

Have Breaks

Make sure you have enough breaks. If you overwork, it will be counterproductive and you'll get too tired to revise. To avoid losing track of time set a timer so you can make sure you get up and change surroundings. I like to make myself a special drink, such as hot chocolate, so I can have something to look forward to, for you this might be reading a book or spending time outside.

What helps keep you productive?

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