Pharmacy students know the struggle of staying on top of schoolwork. Stress, sleep deprivation, and unhealthy habits can take a toll on us. Time management can seem impossible. In this article, I have a list of tips to help you stay afloat.
Keeping track of your work is important with the constant projects, labs, exams, and assignments. Use a planner or a calendar app to efficiently view your schoolwork. Keep notes in labeled binders or folders.
Be Engaged in Class
Actively note-taking class will help you stay awake and be more involved in your learning. It also makes it easier to recall when you’re studying the material later. Asking questions will also keep you alert and helps clarify material.
Study with Friends
Studying in a group allows for more detailed discussions and identifies your weak areas. It can be helpful to study the material on your own, then work with other students. It also helps limit procrastination, one of the biggest issues we run into.
One of the biggest ways to interfere with studying is by getting distracted. Pinpoint what distracts you and find ways to avoid them. You can do things like setting aside your phone, studying at the library, and avoiding social media.
If you’re struggling in class, one of the best things to do is use your resources. Northeastern has free one-on-one tutoring, where tutors can help you with weak areas. Office hours are also a great resource as professors can help you with material and provide hints on exam problems.
There is a general rule that for every one hour of lecture, you should study for two to three hours. To limit stress, avoid cramming for tests and pulling counterproductive all-nighters. Getting enough sleep the night before the exam can be more useful than staying up studying. It is also important to not study too much, which can impact information retention. Study smarter, not harder. Taking good notes and creating mnemonics can reduce your study time. Have a study schedule on your planner or calendar to help you stay organized.
Take Care of Your Health
No matter how successful you are as a student, your health should still be your priority. Excess studying and stress can lead to sleep issues, anxiety, and headaches. To improve how you feel, eat healthy and exercise. Avoiding processed and sugary foods and exercising even once a week can help clear the fogginess. Take regular study breaks by getting up to drink water or to take a minute and enjoy the outside air. Listen to music, read a chapter of a book, or relax with friends. Finally, try to aim for enough sleep.