I’m just seeing this. You know the answer, and I hope you aren’t reading this right now, because that means you’re on Tumblr and not studying.
Get your ass off the Internet and get to studying. Now.
Load 1 in the wash, read 20 pages, break. Switch laundry, work on drawing, break. Switch laundry, read 20 pages, break. Repeat until done.
It depends. How easily do you wake up and get going? Because it’s really easy to say, “Oh, I’ll just wake up early and do it,” and it’s even easier not to. I know I rest better when I know everything I need to do is done, so I’d probably stay up and finish it.
stephmuji asked you:
Okay, so I have comprehensive exams in T-minus five months. I essentially have to study/memorize the past four semesters’ worth of stuff to get my master’s degree. I’m simultaneously daunted and petrified of not studying in an orderly manner. So…what do you (your readers) do to get their shit together academic-wise?
Making this rebloggable/answerable so the UfYH students can chime in. I can offer my usual 45/15 for studying advice: take a 15-minute break every hour, then keep going. Students? What else ya got?
45/15s seem to work better for schoolwork in general. And yeah, my timer has scared the crap out of me on more than one occasion.
45/15s and set a damn timer. You know what you need to do, and you only need to do it until tomorrow. Now close Tumblr, get off the Internet entirely if you don’t need it for studying, and get to it.
There is no “I hope.” There is only “I will.” You WILL finish this tonight, and you will NOT lose time by fucking around on Tumblr beyond your designated breaks.
Dude, if I could have figured out to unfuck the Federalist papers and/or Hayek back in college, I would be a rich woman. Just power through. It’ll be over soon. 10 pages is not so much, in the grand scheme of things. And give yourself a HUGE reward at the end.
GO DO YOUR DAMN HOMEWORK. NOW. FOR FUCK’S SAKE.
45/15s. Alternate small stuff with big-ass assignments, 45 minutes at a time with 15-minute breaks. You’re going to need to dedicate a fair amount of time to this, but you can do it. Just don’t let yourself get distracted, and stay focused. You can do this.
OK, students, this one’s for you. There’s one assignment you’ve been procrastinating on. (Maybe more than one, but this is the big “I don’t wanna.”) You know it has to be done, but you’d rather do ANYTHING else. As soon as you’re done reading this post, check your watch. Then work on NOTHING BUT that assignment/reading/writing for 20 minutes. Just 20. Then come back and dick around on Tumblr for 10 minutes. Just 10. Repeat three more times. You have to leave after those 10-minute breaks, though, OK?
Check back in at your 20-minute intervals or at the end, at the two hour mark. It’s probably going to suck a little, but it’s only 20 minutes at a time. You got this.
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