How to be accountable for your studying without a study partner

Studying alone can be boring and monotonous. Having a study partner is highly encouraged as they make the studying process easier and a little fun. They can give feedback, help you process information in different ways, share flashcards, quiz you, be your study accountability partner or help you remember important due dates. Just having someone to read with can also motivate you to study hard even if they don’t do anything for you. 

Despite the benefits of having a study partner, not everyone can have one. You’ll need to find someone who resonates with you and is invested in the studying process just like you. If you do not have a study partner, how can you be accountable to yourself? How can you make trackable progress?

What does being accountable in your studies mean?

It means a willingness to be responsible for your studies and to take ownership of how, when and what you study. It also means making progress where you can tick off study goals. There are no excuses, procrastination or blame. Being accountable means you are clear about your studies, your roles in it and the grades you want. If you do a good job of being accountable, it will reflect on your grades. 

How can you be accountable without a study partner?
1. Study in a good environment

Distractions are good excuses for poor studying. A noisy, dirty or hyperactive environment is not a good study environment. You need to control where you spend your time studying, it makes all the difference. 

You may not have a person to study with, but being around other people who are studying will boost your morale in studying. Apart from quiet places, an ideal study environment will be a park or library where there are other students reading. 

2. Make a study timetable

This cannot be over-emphasised. A timetable is a schedule of what to study and when to study it. It could also include notes, tips, or questions that need to be answered on a topic or subject.

What having a timetable does for you is that it gives you a clear idea of what you need to do at every point in your studies. If you have questions, you answer them. If you need to work on an assignment, you know where to start and when it is due. With a timetable, it is easy to make track your progress and study goals. 

3. Keep a journal

Keeping a journal is like keeping a diary or tweeting. It provokes serious reflection on your studies, your goals, your weaknesses (on a subject), strengths, shortcomings, challenges and thoughts. 

Articulating your thoughts makes them real. It gives you a clearer picture of what your problems are and raise thoughtful questions on how you should overcome academic challenges. 

Journals are also linked to improved mental health, critical thinking and self-regulation, which are needed for good academic performance. 

4. Use digital trackers

Digital trackers like My Study Life are study apps that tell you how long you have spent reading or working on an assignment. They are a good way to regulate what you do and how long you spend doing it. 

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