How smart were you as a student

11 mini-steps with great impact that you can do for your studies over the weekend

by Tim Reichel

Finally the weekend: take a deep breath, relax - here a little sport, there a little party and lots of couches. The main thing is to do nothing for the university for 1-2 days. No lectures, no seminars, no bibs.

Nevertheless, many students find it difficult to switch off properly on the weekend. You have a guilty conscience: “Actually, you haven't achieved that much this week. You were lazy. Far too much has been left behind. "And:" Use the weekend and do that! "

Yes, you can do it. But it's not that smart. Because your weekend is there for relaxation and should not be completely clogged with work. Otherwise you will damage yourself in the long term and permanently lower your performance level.

So my suggestion: If you want to do something for your studies on the weekend, do it. But please do it correctly and as efficiently as possible. And how do you do that? With little mini actions.

I've prepared something for that.


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11 small steps for the weekend with a big impact

Big mammoth projects during your studies are not for the weekend. As a result, you waste too much free time and then start the new week tired and unmotivated.

What works well, however, are mini-actions: small steps with a big impact. Quickly done, perfect for in between and efficient to the power of 10.

I have selected 11 options for you:


# 1 clearing up chaos

Use the weekend to properly store your documents and transcripts that have come together over the week. Create suitable folders and staple loose sheets of paper consistently. You should also clean up the chaos on your desk and / or desktop so that you can start clear and tidy on Monday.

Duration: 10 minutes


# 2 equipment check

As a professional student, your equipment has to be right: Do you still have enough blank pages in your college block? Does your pen still write? Is there enough printer ink left? If you do a quick equipment check, you will have peace of mind for the coming week and know what to get hold of.

Duration: 5 minutes


# 3 repeat lectures (fast forward)

Take a quick look at what was covered in your lectures this week - but really only briefly! Scroll through the lecture slides or skim the script. Don't write a summary, don't learn details, just try to get the whole package in a few minutes. This makes it easier for you to memorize the key messages and you get a nice overview. (With regular repetition, your long-term learning effect will blow your mind!)

Duration: 10-15 minutes


# 4 summarize lectures in one sentence

Number 4 goes in the same direction: summarize your lecture in one sentence. But really only in one sentence! What is the most important information? Which findings are essential? What do you have to remember? Write a core sentence for each lecture from the past week.

Duration: 10-15 minutes


# 5 Learn a technical term or vocabulary

Every degree program has special vocabulary or specific technical terms that you will have to teach yourself sooner or later. But if you take on one of these technical terms every weekend and only acquire one definition, you will collect a huge knowledge base spread over the semester and save yourself work when it comes to preparing for the exam.

Duration: 5-10 minutes


# 6 YouTube research

If you're already on YouTube at the weekend, you can also combine the beautiful with the useful. Start a little YouTube research and look for videos on topics from your studies. Perhaps you come across interesting documentaries or useful explanatory films that will help you to better understand the dry theory. And if someone asks: That falls under e-learning.

Duration: 10 minutes


# 7 Read the newspaper

If you read the newspaper at the weekend (whether online or offline), you can take a closer look at the business or education section and thus find out about your future industries. Get an overview and improve your general education.

Duration: 15 minutes


# 8 networks

Use your free days to network and meet new people at the weekend or develop your existing relationships. The easiest way to do this is via social media platforms or career networks such as LinkedIn or XING. Of course, you can also go out the traditional way and network at suitable events - just as you like.

Duration: 15 minutes


# 9 weekly analysis

The weekend is the ideal time to reflect on the past week. Ask yourself, “What went well? What can be improved? ”Be honest with yourself and do a quick analysis of the past 7 days. If you think about yourself and your studies regularly, you can avoid stupid repetitive mistakes and you will be successful in the long term.

Duration: 10 minutes


# 10 Plan for the next week

After analyzing the past, go one step further and plan your next week: plan your tasks and set yourself an important goal for the coming week! This gives you orientation and allows you to concentrate more easily on your upcoming challenges. (Tip: You will achieve the greatest effect if you plan in writing!)

Duration: 10 minutes


# 11 Make up for sleep

Getting enough sleep is important to your success in studying. If your week was stressful, you had to work a lot and were only on the go, you should balance your sleep budget on the weekend. So: get some good sleep so you can start the new week fit! Finally, here's something on the subject of sleep patterns.

Duration: As long as necessary


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At the weekend you should only do the bare minimum for your studies and better use your free time to relax or have fun. Your everyday university life is stressful enough and you need regular breaks to get at least a little balance.

But if you still want to work on the weekend, mini-actions are particularly suitable and can really bring you forward: You can sprinkle them in between, you don't have to overcome yourself and you will be done quickly with everything.

To start with, take 2 or 3 of my examples and try out which actions work well for you - and which don't. In the long term, you will build up powerful routines that will make your studies easier and save your free time on the weekend.

PS: In my book “50 things you can do for your studies, even if you don't have the time” I show you even more mega-useful mini-actions for your studies. This way please (click!).


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