Study Skills – Managing your time

Do you wish you could study more effectively? In this video we’re going to… “Hi Mum. Yes, just filming a video. Can I call you in an hour? OK. Sorry. Bye!” Where were we? Yes, studying effectively. Dealing with distractions is just one thing we need to do. Ah, yes. If you want to study well you need to manage your time. How to do that? First, you need to ask yourself three questions: what your commitments are, what your study goals are, and how you work best. Let’s start with the easy one. What are your commitments outside study? What about work, family events, childcare or travel? Write down when these are – and how long they take. You can do this for the whole year or a shorter period. Now you know how much time is left for studying. But is it enough? That depends on your goals, which is point two. Do you want to pass the course or get a specific grade? How much will you need to do in order to achieve that? Take a good look at the syllabus, exam and assignment timetables, and old exam papers to find out how much you need to do. Sometimes, you need to look at short-term goals. For example: this week, today, and in the next hour. Take a good look at your commitments: you might need to change some if you don’t have enough time. Which brings us to question three: how do you work best? In the morning? At night? And where? In a library? At home? With music? In silence? With lots of coffee? Or lots of chocolate? Psst. Try to do your most difficult tasks when your concentration is strongest. Ah. With all this information, you can make the perfect master plan that suits you. But there’s a problem: distractions. Sorry Mum. Maybe time to switch off your phone. And the difficult one: procrastination. Why is it that whenever you have a task, everything else appears more interesting? Maybe you need to need to take a desperate measure: switch off your internet connection. And if you need the internet for research, you can load pages you need – before turning it off. And if you still find it hard, try working in short bursts. For example, 40 minutes at a time. You can also do a deal with yourself. How about: I can eat this lovely chocolate, but only after I finish reading this paper. Hopefully, by now, everything’s going great. Now remember, even if you make the best plan in the universe you still need to be flexible. And try to enjoy your study. Hi Mum. Yeah, just finished filming now, actually. Hang on, let me switch off the camera.


  1. You Xuan Que

    November 15, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    that's really an awesome video! Like it! Hope i can not only Knowing but Doing !

  2. Carlos Cavalcante

    November 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    The best channel

  3. Hend Ali

    November 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    This is so useful! Thanks

  4. إبراهيم آلمغربي

    November 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Thank u

  5. panomporn Yapakai

    November 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm


  6. martina meddi

    November 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    BBC Learning English you are my favourite distraction in the morning, afternoon and evening! Thank you for understanding what nowaday' s students need most! And thank you also for appreciating Italian's art and architecture! Best wishes to all of you!

  7. Dennis Ferreira

    November 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm


  8. tgchan

    November 15, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Some proper tips there.

  9. The Student

    November 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Very useful video

  10. Fang Fu

    November 18, 2017 at 4:15 am

    The tips all great💖💖I am a student, the video will be useful x

  11. Zakaria Aziz

    November 20, 2017 at 3:32 am


  12. zaidon A kamal

    November 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Thank for this great tips !!!!

  13. Diego Zamudio Garduño

    November 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    The funny thing is that I was procrastinating my homework watching this video😆😂🤣

  14. Facts Network

    February 24, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Your editing is amazing !!
    Could you please let me know which app you do use?!!

  15. Erilane Santos

    May 12, 2018 at 9:36 pm


  16. Saba Fatima

    July 31, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    thanks for the tips

  17. Md Miraz Ul Alam

    September 3, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    You've no idea how effective this idea proved to be on me.

  18. Liliana Andrea

    September 4, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Love it! Great picture by pic

  19. Hussen Abdirahman

    September 28, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    thank for the tips

  20. Adam Mikołajczak

    October 6, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    i lose my time watching videos like this.

  21. que en

    October 13, 2018 at 9:47 am

    It looks like you worked really hard on the video. It deserves alot of likes

  22. jaykumar Anburaja

    April 10, 2019 at 1:02 am


  23. Learning English with Kate

    April 26, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Love the video

  24. Mai Nguyen

    May 13, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Your voice is so catchy! I'm gonna make a schedule based on your method. Thanks a lot

  25. Annisa Achmaria

    August 18, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Interesting enough. So helpful:)

  26. Study Mindset

    August 21, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    True words! Time management and having some sort of routine/planning your days is vital, this is where many students fall back on

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