Study Tips

Late Night Study Tips

Most students in their university career have experienced the occasional, and perhaps, rare feeling of concentration instead of procrastination, while studying for an exam or doing homework.

This burst of concentration usually comes at random times, lasts for a few hours and by the time you finally check the time on your phone, your history readings are done, composition essays are near perfect and your chemistry homework is near completed. After this realisation, the reader wonders how they spent that entire time without checking their Whtsapp messages or Facebook notifications.

This realisation tends to break that streak of concentration and the reader may turn their attention to other activities. Below is a list of ways to prevent a break in concentration.

  1. Read from a place You rarely go to

A change of reading venue will help drive your motivation, and will also prevent a break in concentration.  Constantly studying in the same room at the same spot (seat or window or corner) is monotonous and gets boring in the long run.

An alternative would also involve a change in study partners. Finding other discussion groups, or getting involved in impromptu discussions will help you learn something new.

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2. Switch your phone to Airplane mode

Constant message notifications can be very distracting. Responding to messages and calls only serves to increase your procrastination.

3. Use a different computer that isn’t your own

Using a different computer other than your own prevents temptation of opening different programmes i.e. games, movies, series, and the like. University libraries are well equipped with desktop computers that provide endless learning resources.

Finally, if need arises, a cup of coffee will go a long way helping you stay awake during your late night reading routine. Energy drinks can be a good option, when chosen with caution because some might keep you going for hours without sleep.

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Adapted from The Collegian