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Last Updated on 11th January 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

Studying more productively and effectively doesn’t mean spending more time studying. No, in fact, it means quite the opposite. It means making use of the time you have. So here are some tips for studying more productively:

1. If you have to go to a certain place, then go there. I personally find it really difficult to concentrate in my room and so can often be found in the library late into the night.

I find that looking at other people being productive in the library makes me feel guilty and so I’m able to guilt trip myself into producing a tonne of work just by seeing others doing so!

2. Make your study zone a phone free one. And a Facebook and instagram and twitter and text etc etc free one for that matter. 

3.Tidy Space = Tidy Mind. Enough said…

4. Don’t put off something that you should have done like, yesterday. I’m definitely guilty of this one; I always tell myself I can have one more day and then I’ll definitely be more productive tomorrow!

5. Make your to do lists manageable: no more than seven items in a day, otherwise it ain’t all getting done!

6. Create a work schedule. Knowing when you’ll be working or studying allows you to schedule that time properly (with the above to-do list). Also, don’t forget to schedule in break times!

7. Equally, set aside a play schedule. Set aside time for the things you love.

8. Quiet environment vs Loud environment. Some people work better in deadly silence, others with loud background noises. Both are fine. Find out which works best for you and stick to it.

Personally, I like to work with music or the TV in the background before I edit my work and need deadly silence.

9. Get dressed. And no I don’t mean a three piece suit.

Henry Ford once said ‘Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success’. And he wasn’t at all wrong!

10. Leave everything at the door. In the words of my favourite Disney movie: ‘let it go’. If you’re focusing on what happened yesterday or your plans for after your study session, then there is no way your studying will be productive. It will be disorganised and chaotic.

BONUS. Hang pretty pictures up, put inspirational quotes around your room, have nicely. If you want to look at my personal work space, I’ve previously written an article about it. Just here!

About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • sabrina
    12th February 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I hink I’ll send this post to ALL of my student friends and to my English puplis RIGHT NOW!!! Thank you

  • Maddy
    29th January 2016 at 1:40 am

    Oh no… This just reminded me that I’m starting my spring semester on Monday. My winter break was long, but apparently not long enough!

    Couldn’t agree more with all of these. I just realized just how effective #9 is. I love staying in my pjs all day long, but getting dressed and ready to study helps so much! Thanks for sharing your tips! 🙂


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