The amount of study you have to do feels overwhelming. It’s not that it is a considerable amount, it’s enough you feel like it’s too much. How to make it feel more comfortable? You can learn from the IQC.
Create a proper study plan
Studying one subject for an entire day is going to bore you and even distract you more. The best way to make the most of the time and cover all topics without getting distracted so much is by allocating a certain number of hours to each subject.
Break the material into smaller parts.
If you have many chapters to study, break it down into manageable pieces. Before starting a study session go through the material and divide it into appropriate sections.
The IQC suggests pieces of around one minute. While studying, focus on one piece at a go. Your job is to finish this part, that’s all. Don’t worry about anything else.
Use IQC technique
The standard IQC consists of one minute of focus on information one item. After that think through what the information was about. That can be done by writing the keywords or answering questions. Then you ask the question; how can I use what I have learned? Then make a brief break before you go on with next step.
Here is an example:
Any additional step you create for enjoying your distractions is another chance to pause and reflect what you really should be doing.
For example, if you browse Facebook, log out from the app. The necessity of providing your login and password will create an additional step in getting to your favorite pastime.
Switch study places
That’s one thing you should try to avoid getting bored. Switch the study place as many times as you want. This way you will stay entertained thanks to the ever-changing surrounding. There will be fewer distractions too.
Be mindful with your breaks
You should be as purposeful about your breaks as with your study sessions. I recommend setting a timer for your breaks too.
For every study-break paired session that will go according to a plan set a reward for yourself. Eat a small candy or allow yourself your favorite activity for the next break.
Make fulfilling your plan a rewarding experience.
For example, I feel irrational satisfaction from marking things off the list. You can prepare a simple sheet of paper with a number of 10-minute sessions and check off a session after session as you finish them. You can mark off in the same fashion breaks that will go according to your plan.
You can give yourself a specific number of points for each successful study session and penalty points for each failure and reward yourself with a special treat when you reach a certain number of points.
Create fun, colorful notes
Don’t write lengthy, copious notes. Doodle, sketch or draw a table—make the notes-creation process a fun job. The end result will be even better (and less distracting) when you actually sit down to read them.