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Not enough time to study? Then follow these 7 tips!

by Tim Reichel

Learn a lot, little time.

This sentence describes the exam phase of many students: At the end of the semester they get stressed. Learning stress to be precise. As soon as the lectures and seminars are over, the examination phase begins.

One exam chases the other; no sooner have you passed one exam than you have to start preparing for the next one. There is not much time left to study. Especially not if you want to take a breath and relax a little in between. Or have to work on the side in order to be able to afford your humble student lifestyle.

To make things a little easier from now on, I have put together 7 practical tips for you that will help you save your time for Learn better to use.

So if you have time problems again and don't know exactly how to get all the material through to the next exam, this article is just right for you.


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7 tips to help you when you don't have enough time to study

Many students fall for stupid time wasters while studying and make unnecessary mistakes. And these mistakes cost time. Time that you lack for studying and that makes your life harder than it should be. These 7 tips will get you on the right track:


Tip 1: come up with a learning strategy!

Never start learning without a plan! Before you sit down at your desk and go through your documents, the first thing you should think of is a strategy.

If you just start like that - without knowing exactly what and when to study - you will lose an incredible amount of time and will never accomplish everything you need to know for your exam. Divide your learning material into individual work packages and create a learning plan. So you always know exactly what you have to do and can work your way through your exam preparation in a structured manner.


Tip 2: Mercilessly sort out!

As soon as your plan is in place, you will find out: "Oh God, that is a lot!" And ask yourself: "How am I supposed to make it all the way to the exam?"

Especially if your to-do list is bursting at the seams and you have little time, you have to rigorously sort out and limit yourself to the essential contents. Ask yourself: Which parts of the lecture are exam-relevant and which are not? Which parts of the script can I leave out and which chapters do I have to include? Concentrate on the most important core topics and orientate yourself on old exam tasks - marginal information and odds and ends have no place in your learning plan.


Tip 3: Ban everything that distracts you!

When time is running out and you only have a few days left to study, there is one thing you don't need at all: distraction.

Therefore: Create a learning environment in which you can concentrate on your work and protect yourself from anything that distracts you. Be a bit drastic: turn off your WiFi, turn off your smartphone and lock your door. Try to focus completely on learning.


Tip 4: use waiting times!

We lose a lot of time waiting throughout the day. But you can make better use of this waiting time instead of just standing around stupid. Would you like some examples? Alright

Example 1 (waiting times in the bathroom):

Go over your summary as you brush your teeth in the morning and evening. Or: Repeat the most important definitions for your exam in the shower.

Example 2 (waiting times on the bus):

If you always have your study materials with you, you can study on the go. Either on the bus, on the train or as a passenger in the car.

Example 3 (waiting times while watching TV):

Use commercial breaks on TV to quickly do something for the university. Scan your summary or look at an important practice assignment. Because of the short window of time you have, these units are super productive.

In this article I'll show you how you can use passive learning to do something for your studies without even realizing it.


Tip 5: say goodbye to poisonous people!

In your preparation time, avoid annoying people who make you feel bad and steal your energy. Don't work with them - and get out of their way!

Especially those who transfer their negative attitudes to you and drag you down are poison for you and your learning progress. Pay close attention to which friends and fellow students are good for you and which company you should rather do without.


Tip 6: learn more slowly!

Even if it sounds completely wrong at first: If you are in a hurry and you don't have much time - take your foot off the gas and work more slowly.

If you rush to study, you will forget important content and work imprecisely. The result: You have to go through your material again and you lose even more time. It is better to study thoroughly at a moderate pace instead of only dealing superficially with the matter. In the end you don't get any of that.


Tip 7: stay cool!

No matter how tight your schedule is and how close the deadline is: Always keep calm and stay cool. You can't change anything about your time bottleneck anyway - so you don't need to panic either.

With a cool head, you can make the right decisions even in major pressure situations and use your time optimally. But if you let yourself be driven crazy, you can no longer have a clear thought; let alone focus on important learning content.


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The following applies to almost every exam preparation: either you have too little time or too much to do.

Your time will always be short and you will never get into the situation where you can put your feet up shortly before an exam because you can already understand everything perfectly. If you want to make the most of the little time you have left to study, you can use these 7 tips as a guide and make the most of your situation.

You have the choice: Would you like to scurry through the exam phase, like most of your fellow students, dejected and stressed? Or would you prefer to approach your next challenges calmly and with a smart plan in your pocket?

It depends on you.


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