Whether you’re a returning student or just starting your academic journey, university can be daunting. But when you’re equipped with the right tools and techniques, it doesn’t have to be that hard. Here, the experts at Pro Plus ® have put together 6 steps to help you study smarter and achieve academic success:

Plan Ahead

Each week write a list of what you need to achieve and when you need to achieve it by. If you don’t take the time to structure your week, you will inevitably find yourself failing to meet assignments. It’s also a good idea to size up those priorities and tackle the more difficult tasks first – procrastination will only cause more stress in the long run!

Set Achievable Goals

Setting yourself realistic and achievable goals will help to keep you motivated throughout your studies. Set too many targets that are overly ambitious, and you’ll get used to the idea that you won’t reach them and gradually stop trying – totally unproductive. Instead, focus on SMART goals, which are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.

Earn Rewards

If you’re someone who tends to set goals but struggles to stick to them, set up your own incentive and rewards for meeting deadlines. For instance, once you spend an hour studying, you can go to lunch. If rewards aren’t a powerful enough incentive, try penalties instead. Suddenly studying becomes a lot more interesting!

Find Your Focus

It doesn’t matter how many hours sleep you get if the waking hours are packed to the brim, it’s inevitable to feel exhausted. Whether you’ve been out the night before partying, or cramming for an exam, Pro Plus ® Caffeine provides the perfect solution for those difficult mornings or mid-afternoon slumps. Thanks to its caffeine kick, Pro Plus® Caffeine relieves symptoms of tiredness and fatigue, helping you to find your focus and study #LikeAPro.

Take regular breaks

Go for a walk, join a club, meet up with friends – whatever it takes to help you switch off for a bit. You need to give yourself time to relax as it can be easy to forget when you’re knee-deep in uni work that you really do have limits (you’re only human). Taking regular breaks will help you stay happy, healthy and avoid burning out.

Ask for Help

This goes for all areas of your life – if you’re struggling to keep up with coursework speak to your family, friends, or tutors. If you don’t speak up about this stuff, the situation will only get worse as more deadlines pile up.

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