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Create a space to study - it doesn’t have to be big, but it has to be dedicated.
Have at hands:
Daily and termly planner
Your learning materials (including books, e-books, online articles)
Distance from yourself:
Discourage personal intrusion during study time!
Manage your Time Effectively
While with studying online you may have more time at hands and you can be more flexible, this doesn't mean that you can put off your tasks indefinitely! Make sure you manage your time effectively, before realising that a deadline is night and you are not ready for it!
Tips for effective time management:
Identify your deadlines
Have a calendar, termly planner
Create a weekly independent study timetable, so you have a regular study routine
Set yourself daily tasks and (SMART) objectives
Write to-do lists
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Procrastination means to postpone the completion of a task (from Latin pro-cras --> for-tomorrow). There are many reasons for procrastination, including distractions, lack of SMART objectives, and even perfectionism. Generally, procrastination undermines the achievement of your objectives.
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The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that uses a timer to break down work into intervals, so-called pomodoros (traditionally 25 minutes in length, but this can vary according to your concentration preferences), separated by short breaks. Focusing on tasks to be completed in a certain period of time helps you stay focussed and effective. The short breaks help you assimilate your learning, refresh, and provide an incentive to complete your tasks timely. After 3-4 pomodoros you earn a longer break (15-30 minutes).
Steps to use the pomodoro technique:
Decide on the task to be done. This should be SMART task: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic. It will be automatically Timed, in the pomodoro.
Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
Work on the task.
End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
LinkedIn Learning Pomodoro technique video
The video below explains the Pomodoro technique and illustrates tools and apps to put it into practice.