Using Time Management
Techniques to Study Smarter
How to Get the Grades You Want and Still Have a Life
BY DAVID MASTERS
College students are well-known for late- night cramming and pulling all-nighters. However, research
has shown that squeezing your
study time into intense sessions
over a short space of time is
the least effective way to learn.
Plus, it creates unnecessary
stress. You’ll feel more relaxed
in your studies and improve your
chances of earning better grades
if you manage your time well
and pace out your study time.
Spacing out your work isn’t
easy, especially if this is the first
time in your life you’re responsible for
managing your own schedule. And the
temptations to avoid studying are plentiful:
social media, friends, parties, and Hulu, to
name a few.
Putting off hard work isn’t just a student
thing. It’s human nature. Human beings are natural
procrastinators. We put things off until they absolutely
have to be done. Research shows that people find it much
easier to motivate themselves when a deadline looms
(see “Studies in Procrastination”, page 17).
By reading this article, you’ll learn three scientifically
proven time management strategies to help you stop
procrastinating and start studying smarter. Using these
strategies, you’ll improve your chances of securing good
grades, and still have plenty of time to relax and hang out
with friends. Let’s get started!
The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a simple strategy you can use to
avoid distractions during your study time. It was invented by Italian student Francesco Cirillo after he spent his first year at college struggling to complete his studies.
“Every day I went to school, attended classes, studied, and
went back home with the disheartened feeling that I’d been
wasting my time,” Cirillo writes in his book, The Pomodoro Technique. He realized his main struggle was to stay motivated and
concentrate on his work. So he set the following challenge for
himself: study nonstop for 10 minutes straight.