What should I do to develop discipline in my study routine?
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remove everything that distract you when you fix a time to study. Give yourself objectives in your study routine (for example tell yourself you have to finish this lesson in two hours, or to finish a subject in two weeks) it will help you focus and make you more motivation ... And don't forget to make regular pauses to rest between your studying sessions :)
1) Create a timetable 2) Set assign time for relaxation to be after your study sessions so you don't procrastinate 3) Have small intervals of breaks so you feel more refreshed and motivated to study 4) Study in a space which has limited distractions 5) Refrain from using your phone by handing it to a parent for a period of time
Procrastination is actually a defense mechanism wired into our brains. Our minds fear the stress and workload and therefore uses procrastination to 'protect' us from that danger. I'm putting this out here so you can better understand why it's slightly difficult to be disciplined while studying. :) Now, let me share with you a couple of things that helped me. 1. Creating a timetable, and sticking to it! Work backward with this. By that, I mean to gloss over your student calendar, note down the dates of your exams, know the chapters and subjects being tested during those times, and build your timetable there. A key point here is distributing the time correctly and in short periods of time. Have you heard of the Pomodoro method? It helps. By correctly, I'm referring to allocating sufficient time for each subject. If you know you're weaker in subject A, then put distribute more slots for subject A. Combat the lack of space by shortening the time allocated for subjects that you're stronger in. When you work backward, you can see how much time you have and make the schedule in a way that fits into your daily routine. The timetable helps because then you can see how much you need to get done, and how procrastinating will just cause more problems for you in the later stages! 2. Forest App, and removing distractions. Now you know when you need to study, it's important to make sure you're actually studying. Put your phone on silent, or leave it in the other room. Use the Forest App to temporarily block off platforms that you know will distract you. Use the Pomodoro method, it will help you LOTS, I promise. 3. Start small, and enjoy it! It can be overwhelming to go from not studying much to studying 4 - 8 hours a day. You know yourself best. Start small. Maybe for the start, just do an hour a day. Or 2 hours for 5 days, then slowly build up from there. It's crucial to make a routine that you can stick to without dreading it all the time, and please make sure you have allocated breaks in between study sessions. Having discipline is good, but when you're burnt out, even discipline won't be enough to help you. 4. Have a WHY. Have a reason that's strong enough to overpower the brain's need to procrastinate! There will be days where you just really don't want to study, and that's perfectly normal. With the why, be as specific as you can. Do you want to get good grades? Why do you want good grades? How important are good grades for you? Be as specific as you can regarding the why. This is huge because when you're under the weather, this can serve as a pillar of motivation for you! That, and a reminder that you're studying for a cause - a cause that is super duper important to you. :) 5. Motivate yourself constantly. In building a new habit, you will need lots and lots and lots of inspiration - as much inspiration as you can. Maybe watch a motivational video or two before you begin, but limit it to just that - one or two. Don't let this become something you use to delay your study sessions! If being in a studious atmosphere helps motivate you, consider going to the library or the study rooms (if your school/campus has any) and carry out your routine there. Hope this helps, all the best!
One needs to have a motivation and that is the end goal. When I study I am always clear what I need, that is great grades. But why do you need great grades - is it to make your family happy, to get an scholarship, to enter a top University. Likewise the motive behind the grades should be identified. And this is what will keep you motivated to achieve that. And once you build the motivation the discipline will come through. And no matter what you will stick to the routine because you now understand why it is important that you study well.
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