Studying is a struggle. If you’re anything like me, or millions of other students on the planet, staying on top of your studies each semester can be a nightmare! It’s so easy to get bogged down and put it all in the too hard basket for later. Only later on it just gets harder!
I do four subjects a semester. Now a good university student knows that you should dedicate roughly 10 hours a week, outside of lectures and tutorials, to each subject. Do the math for me and that’s 40 hours a week! Now I might just say that this is my first semester not working as well as studying. Let me tell you, I feel like I have all the time in the world right now! But, it won’t feel like that once those due dates start rolling in. So that’s why I need – drum roll!! – study goals! Why should I spend the next four years on stress level 1000 just because I couldn’t tear myself away from my latest Netflix binge? So this semester (Semester 1, 2018) I am thinking ahead and doing up my study goals during the Christmas break. It’s also a good excuse for a blog post!
Yes, study goals. I don’t know about you, but the word schedule just puts my teeth on edge! There is something about it that just makes me want to rebel! I’m going to keep binge watching Poldark because my
schedule doesn’t tell me what to do! I’m not getting out of bed when my alarm goes off! That scheduled meditation session is just going to have to wait! There are six click bait articles waiting on Facebook for my time-wasting pleasure. Ugh. No. Scheduling doesn’t work for me. Of course there are some things in life that just have to be scheduled. Like 8am lectures. Kill me now. But if I know that right after that 8am lecture, I have a scheduled 6 hours straight of study coming up, you can bet I’m going to moan and end up on Pinterest or Netflix before you can say the word schedule! That’s why I use study goals instead.
Study goals are a series of goals from daily to weekly to monthly that I’ve set for myself this semester. Goal number 1: reach all my study goals for the semester! That is a long-term goal. In order to achieve long-term goals, you need a series of medium and short-term goals that pave the way to success.
Long-term study goals…
While it goes without saying that everyone wants to pass their subjects each semester, it’s a good idea to have some more detailed goals set for yourself. My long term study goals this semester include:
- Bumping my semester GPA up from 5 to 6
- Handing every assignment in the day before the due date
Notice I haven’t overwhelmed myself with too many goals? Just two simple (to say) things that I want to achieve for myself this semester. But if we break them down, this will lead to medium-term goals.
Medium-term study goals…
Medium-term study goals are a little more detailed than long-term goals. Stepping stones through the semester to
get you from week one to week sixteen. My medium-term study goals are:
- Begin work on my assignments at least 3 weeks before the due date
- Do class readings at the beginning of each week
Once again I don’t have 20 medium term goals that make me feel overwhelmed and not up to the task. Just some simple steps that will keep me organised and moving towards my long-term goals.
Short-term study goals…
Short-term goals are more complex, and they will change throughout the semester as you achieve them. Because you only have them on the short-term! These goals are my favourite because they make me feel like a success at life as I can sometimes get 20 goals under my belt each week. Adulting success! These goals are not overwhelming because they are easily achievable. Depending on how detailed you like to make your goals, they can sometimes take 5 minutes to complete and tick off the list!
Some examples of short-term goals could include:
- complete studying module 1 for Accounting before the tutorial on Wednesday
- read class reading for Intro to Law before lecture on Monday
- Remember to take lunch on Tuesday so you can stay on-campus and study between classes
These are just simple little things, sometimes just reminders, so I can feel like I am in control of my study career. They range from daily to weekly and they keep me focused on my goals for the semester. And the good news is, you don’t just use this method for study! If there is any large, long-term goal you want to achieve, you can use this method to make it seem more achievable!
This is the first semester that I’ll be trying this method in practice instead of just in theory. So I will report back after exams and let you know how it worked for me. What do you do to keep yourself on track each semester? Any tips for me? Comment below!