How to stay organised whilst studying

Getting yourself organised before studying is an important first step, which many people skip.  In order to stay organised whilst studying you need to take note of these 3 important P’s: place, planning and prioritise:


Scientists have revealed that a messy environment restricts your ability to focus and limits your brain's capability to process information. Clutter also creates distraction, which is why you should aim to use the first 5 minutes before studying to clean your environment and to gather the materials you need for your learning. This will help prepare you for studying.


As distance learning allows you to be flexible and has no strict deadlines, you may want to consider targets. To help with this write down in a planner or on a calendar when you wish to complete your assignments. You will then know how long to spend on each one and it will enable you to measure your progress.


Don’t spend hours on a task that doesn't need to be completed any time soon. Start by more important tasks that have deadlines approaching. By prioritising your work,  it will allow you to get the assignments that have shorter deadlines completed first. This will prevent you from falling behind and rushing your work at the end of your course.

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

How to stay organised whilst studying