How to Catch Up on Study Guides If You've Fallen Behind
Some people call it procrastination, but most will call it life; either way, every student has experienced the frantic feeling of falling behind. Whether it’s a new demanding job or a hefty school schedule, whatever the reason there are a few things you can do to get back on track and catch up on your studies.
Stress-free is the way to be
Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to get done, that you elect to lie in bed and dwell on how tiresome and difficult the day will be? Been there, done that. Don’t fret, you’re not alone. The first step in getting back on track, is getting started and stress is the enemy of productivity. If you’re behind on your studies, prioritizing and planning will be your two best friends. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start small by creating a strategy for the day and organizing your time efficiently. What are 5 things you want to accomplish? Write it down. What is the most important thing you have to do? Put it at the top of the list. You can start with small tasks/goals and work your way up to much larger ones. Either way, there’s something pretty remarkable about checking off boxes. You’ll not only feel accomplished, you'll be accomplished.
Find your Zen
It may seem counter-intuitive for someone to tell you to take a break, when you’re already behind, but breaks are highly underestimated when it comes to getting things done. The old saying “bury your head in a book” is just that, a saying. You do not have to be buried, to be productive. Most students make the mistake of trying to get caught up on work by working nonstop, 24/7. Your body and brain need an opportunity to rest and absorb information – cut yourself some slack. However, be cautious of studying’s greatest frenemies: YouTube and Netflix. In order to be productive, breaks shouldn’t be too lengthy or distracting, but should give you the opportunity to unwind. In other words, you may want to wait on kicking off that new season of Stranger Things and opt for a short walk instead.
Step away from the smartphone
You’ve probably heard your parents saying things like, “back in my day, we didn’t have Google!” We live in a progressive digital era, which means if there’s a problem you can’t solve, more than likely there’s an app for that. However, in order for you to get caught up on your studies, you’ll want to use the power of technology to your advantage. Start by silencing notifications for apps like Facebook and Instagram. Seeing your phone light up from across the room will only result in a serious case of FOMO. Next, download apps like Chegg Study that will actually help you study. You don’t have to be entirely disconnected from the world wide web to be productive, you just have to use its powers for good vs. evil. Don’t give in to temptation, after you’re done studying, there will be plenty of time to beat the next level of Candy Crush.
Phone a friend
Repeat after me: I am not alone. Chances are, you know someone that also has to hit the books. Find a friend, classmate or family member that is in a similar situation and team up. Creating an engaging learning environment makes studying a lot more productive and fun. Head to the library, a local coffee shop or even a park. Spending time with a friend and knocking out schoolwork is the best of both worlds.