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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds On Mondays, I plan ahead for the whole week. I grab a piece of paper and pen, and then I look at all the tests I have to do and spread it out on the whole week. I plan my study in a weekly basis because I prefer to study in a quiet place. That’s why I always book a studio in advance. I grab my laptop and study material, and then I go to the library. For me, planning for a studying session, I need to work out exactly what’s going to be required of me over the whole block or the whole semester. And I have to plan it backwards.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds So first thing I do is I look for when things are due– like when the exam is or when the assignments are due– and build backwards from that because I get caught out a lot with conflicting priorities.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds Well, in the mornings I start off with a cup of coffee and some breakfast. After that, I look at all the tasks that I have to do that day. I grab some lunch, and after that I pack all the stuff I need. I grab my bicycle, and I go to the faculty library. First of all when I get up, I’m quickly checking the plan to see what it is that I’ve got to get done for the day. Then it’s grabbing the books, making sure that I’ve got everything that I need for that subject for that day. Then it’s off to the library. And for me, I’m trying to treat it like a job.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 seconds So it’s either 9:00 to 5:00–

Skip to 1 minute and 33 seconds I want to get into the library at 9:00–

Skip to 1 minute and 34 seconds or 11:00 till 7:00. It all depends what time I go home the night before as to what time I’ll get to the library, but it’s a full day.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds When I arrive at the faculty library, I look for a nice spot to set up my laptop. While I start the laptop, I grab all the things I need plus a bottle of water. And after that, I read all the things that I did the day before, and then I continue where I left off. After I arrive at the library, the first thing I do is to tie up my hair, because I feel more fresh. I always keep my phone facing down because I won’t be disturbed by the phone. I can’t sit for four hours studying the whole time, so I try and get up at least every hour.

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 seconds And I’ll walk outside, go for a coffee, and take a break for 5, 10, 15 minutes. Sitting for that long just doesn’t work for me.

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