After trying out and deleting several study timing apps, I discovered Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer, which is just wonderful. It's free, simple, aesthetically pleasing, ad-free, and very user friendly (you can even accidentally exit the app without the timer reseting). I've been setting the countdown to 12 hours (in the hopes that one of these days I'll actually achieve that duration of studying time...). Even if I don't get in the full 12 hours of studying, I find that the app really does help me to focus. I pause the countdown whenever I do something non-study-related, which makes me think twice before opening my email or clicking on Instagram...and when I do need a break, I'm conscious not to take too long (gotta restart that countdown!). Using the countdown timer has become a bit of a game and, believe it or not, does make studying marginally more fun :)
Here's how things went with using the timer today:
At 8:20 am I was settled in at school and ready to study. Started the countdown timer (from an idealistic 12 hours):
Study, study, study:
By 9:30 am my stomach was grumbling, so I snacked on an apple while starting on the First Aid psychiatry chapter:
At 11 am I was hungry (or maybe just bored) again -- Harvest Crunch cereal to the rescue:
By 12:23 pm I'd held out long enough -- lunch time! I left the timer paused with 3.5 hours down, ate my yogurt, granola, and banana, checked my email, and perused a couple of blogs.
And ten minutes later the countdown was back on. On to personality disorders...
|fun with PDs|
And paused it again at 2:30 pm to tutor for a few hours...
|Science 10 -- pretty fun to tutor!|
|The Root Cellar -- such a nice produce store!|
|admired their allium bouquets (I love allium; straight out of a Dr. Seuss book!)|
|simple summery dinner: burger, corn (the sweetest ever!), and watermelon|
|aaand cleaned out the Nutella jar with a spoon (partially procrastination, but also NUTELLA)|
...with a snack:
|honey dijon kettle chips!|
|Bikano Indian snacks, yum!|
I was amused by First Aid's try-hard attempts at memory aids (some of them are great, others just...are not):
|Call Me Maybe|
And a not-so-brief pause from 9:50 pm to 10:21 pm, to brush my teeth and subsequently get distracted doing who knows what (probably chatting with my mom):
|back to counting down!|
Then more studying...and repeated escorting of ants off my notes (our kitchen is infested!):
Then I hit this ugly-looking page (renal physiology!) and figured it was a good place to call it a night.
Well, with 4 hours remaining on the timer, I only made it two thirds of the way through my 12-hour goal...but at least I got that solid 8 hours in and feel that I concentrated pretty well while the timer was running :)If I get in 8 hours again tomorrow I'll be happy -- but I'll be still aiming for that 12!
|making progress in First Aid (the non-highlighted columns are chapters I've skipped for now...cough, biochem & neuro)|
How do you like to structure your study time?