How can I keep studying from affecting my love life?
If you want to get the most from your studies– and keep the passion alive in your relationship – then take a look at our five key tips for study success.
Make studying a new habit
Our brains are designed to make rapid associations between external circumstances and internal thought processes. This means that, with the right approach, it can be surprisingly easy to develop positive new habits and behavioural patterns. Set aside a certain time of the day or week for study and do your best to stick to it. There will probably be times when you're unable to stick to the schedule, but even aiming for an 80% success rate will be beneficial to your overall progress.
Set realistic targets
Our levels of motivation are highest when we first start a course but can wane slightly over time. While it's great to have the best of intentions when setting study goals, creating unrealistic targets can lead to frustration and a decline in enthusiasm. Be honest with yourself about how much time you're willing and able to invest in this area of your life. If you have a busy job or a family to care for then these commitments need to be taken into account.
Create a study plan that suits you
We all have a time of the day when we feel more alert and able to process information. There's no point trying to force your brain to work in the evening if that's when you traditionally feel sluggish and tired. Similarly, night owls will find it hard to focus if study is planned for earlier in the day. The only right time of day to study is the time that's right for you.
Create a study zone
If possible, it helps to have an area that is dedicated to studying, whether that means converting a spare room into a temporary study or tucking a desk into the corner of the living room. If you prefer to leave the house then you could try a quiet local cafe or your public library. Wherever it may be, creating this distinction between study time and the rest of your day will help to engage your brain and get you in the mood for learning.
Make time for yourself (and others)
Finally, don't let your studies take over your life! It's essential to keep some time aside for rest and relaxation, so you don't get stressed and your family and friends still get to enjoy your company. The good news is that your brain continues processing information when you're thinking about other things, so you won't be losing out by taking a well deserved break.
*conducted among 3,000 adults in employment