You don’t have to spend all of your study hours sitting at a desk. In fact, if you look hard enough you’ll find that there are small pockets of time spread throughout the day for opportunistic revising, reading or listening.
Study time feels less like study time if you’re multitasking. When you’re ticking off two jobs at once, the boost is immeasurable and the extra free time is a godsend. Here are 4 opportunistic pockets of study time you might not have considered before, and could save you hours in every week.
Unless you’re very lucky, the majority of us will spend hours each week cleaning up. You’ll likely also spend hours listening to your weekly lectures and seminars. Consider combining the two – particularly if you need to go over your lecture materials a second time to drive home important concepts. Vacuuming, mopping or window cleaning are our top rated activities for slipping in some squeaky clean learning. If you’re particularly gifted with hand-eye coordination you could also attempt some reading while you vacuum. However, we’d suggest conducting regular head checks.
Commuting on public transport is another great opportunity to listen to lectures or do some reading. Some of our students even use this time to revise for exams. If you find getting a seat difficult, it’s not impossible to stand and revise on a train, tram or bus – just watch out for abrupt stops or you might be catapulted into the driver’s seat. Alternatively, if you’re regularly stuck in traffic you could also try downloading your lectures onto your phone and playing them via Bluetooth or an AUX cord in the car.
In the shower (or the loo)
Bear with us on this one. This idea is a little unorthodox, but it is also a very effective method for memorising and solidifying concepts in your mind. All you’ll need is a packet of cue cards (or system cards), some brightly coloured pens and some blu-tac. Go wild writing down all the new concepts, notes or keywords you’ve learned and stick them on the outside of your glass shower door, or the inside of your toilet door. Now whenever you’re showering or attending to business, you can pick off a little bit of revision at the same time.
There are a number of ways you can incorporate study into your exercise routine. While we wouldn’t suggest mixing reading and running, you could mix study with stationary bikes, elliptical machines or power walking on a treadmill. Take your revision notes, lecture recordings or readings with you and perch them on the handy shelf at the front of each machine. If the gym isn’t for you, consider recording yourself reading your study notes out loud and take them on a long walk in the park or along the beach to stretch your legs.
Exercise is great for your mental health as well as your physical health – so if you’re sacrificing physical activity for the sake of extra study hours, this might be a worthwhile experiment.