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You can find a lot of tips here that might inspire you during your study at Hasselt University.
Explore and use what works for you.

Besides the information in this brochure and the study tips on this page, a whole team of study coaches is here for you to guide you through your studies at Hasselt University.

Stress & anxiety |  Timemanagement |  Focus |  Break |  Motivation |  Study method |  Self-study |  Exam approach

Add structure to your day

✔ Get up at about the same hour every day and go to sleep at about the same hour. This way you ensure a regular biorhythm.

✔Install routines and habits. Habits make certain things go by themselves. They save energy and protect your focus.

✔ Involve your environment. Tell your housemates about your plans. That way, they won’t bother you when you’re studying and they might motivate you to push through when things get hard.

✔ Give certain activities that come back daily or weekly, a permanent place in your day or week.
eg: student job on Saturday
eg: skype with family every Sunday evening

✔ Check your course schedule daily for alterations

✔ Know that you should look at your education as a fulltime job of 40 to 45 hours/week. If you don’t have many classes, you still need to do a lot of autonomous learning. 

✔ Make a clear distinction between your study time and your leisure time. Don’t text or go on facebook when you’re studying, but focus on your course material.



A schedule makes you think about how you want to spend your time and can also help you do what you want to do effectively. A study schedule can be made in different ways. 

2.1 Set yourself a number of goals every day.

✔ Make a to do list: list for yourself a number of tasks that you want to complete.
You can make a to do list per day or per week. If you opt for a weekly variant, mark your daily goals for that day.

Working efficiently with to do's? Discover it in:

You can make a to do list per day or per week. If you opt for a weekly variant, mark your daily goals for that day.
Working efficiently with to do's? Discover it in:

this video (2 ')
this step-by-step plan
this infographic

✔ For some students, to-do lists already offer enough structure to start working effectively. While others need more detailed planning, for example in the form of a weekly schedule.

2.2 Structure your tasks in a weekly schedule. Weekly you can plan how you want to organize your days.

When do you want to start studying? What task will you be working on? When is it time for relaxation? What evening do you keep free for Netflix → it's all there!

This document leads you in 6 steps to a nice weekly schedule.


Get rid of procrastination


Less structure and more freedom sometimes lead to ... more procrastination.
There are many ways to limit procrastination. How?

- in this video (3 ') you learn more about the mechanisms of procrastination
- read this step by - step planread these simple strategies to tackle your procrastination
- … or make an appointment with your student coach 




 The most important principles of time management can you read in this summary or watch in this video (3')