Weekend Studies

Weekend Studies

February 12, 2011  |  General Tips

Studying During the Weekend

Studying during the weekend is perhaps not the most enjoyable of activities. There are however times when it has to be done and there’s not much else to it. The topic for today is therefor a brief guide on how to avoid some common mistakes when studying during the weekend.

Being prepared

The most common reason for writing an assignment/studying during the weekend is due to the lack of time. This has happened to most of us. The problem however that many people don’t consider is the fact that they’ve already made plans for the weekend that are now challenged by their studies. This leaves us to two choices; either leave your study assignment and continue with your planned activity or leave your planned activity and finish your study assignment.

Combining your activities

Wouldn’t it be great if you could finish them both? Well in many cases you can. The two things can easily be reconciled if you allocate your time properly. Don’t schedule them during the same period of the day. What this usually means is that you’ll have to wake up earlier so you’ll be finished earlier and thus be able to take part in your usual activity. Cutting back on sleep for that one day can save you time you needed.

A good tip to remember is to avoid scheduling your weekend activities (if possible) during the morning and early afternoon hours. This will work as a buffer in the future allowing you to have that time free in case you’re late with your assignments.

If you have to cancel

There are times when you can’t manage to find the time to do both activities, in this case, unless your planned activity was of higher importance it’s usually the study assignment that needs to be dealt with. In this case it is important that you cancel your other appointments as early as possible. This way you won’t have to face a lot of calls from people wondering where you are.

Finally the most obvious way to avoid finding yourself in a situation where you have to cancel your plans is to simply get your stuff done in time! Quit procrastinating and thinking you’ll be able to finish your studies later. The longer you wait, the more tedious the work will be. Always try your best to finish all of your assignments as early as possible.

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ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


  1. Being a college student with a heavy workload, I have found it almost necessary to study during the weekend. I not only try to study at a normal pace but more often than I would during the week. This helps me have better balance and less stress during the week.

    The question I think we all need to pose here is that when do studying on the weekend become too much for a college student? I think that trying to achieve a high level of social wellness. Often when people study, they study alone or in small groups. Too much of this can lead to stress because its hard to maintain balance. So when does studying on the weekends become to much?

  2. Point taken.

    The post assumes that weekend studies should be dealt with only when necessary. It’s not possible to study each and every second of ones college years. There should of course be time left over for other things, in my case a kebab meal every now and then. In your case Bob, that might be some lacrosse playing? 😉

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