Adjust your daily routine to the ATPL learning plan
Keep in mind that you’re learning for ATPL, which is not just for one exam or a few exams that take place in a single week but for fourteen exams that you’re about to sit over a several-month period. In order to endure this marathon to the end, you need to distribute your effort effectively. Learning until the small hours won’t do much. You can learn this way for a couple of days at the most, leaving your body yearning to regenerate itself. By contrast, bringing your body to a stable and constant diurnal rhythm will enable you to maintain your concentration and energy at accurate high level throughout the long learning process.
Six to seven hours of sleep are sufficient to let an adult body to regenerate. Adjust your wake-up time and bed time to your sleep requirements, and make the effort to abide by the set timeframe without any excuses. You can adapt your body to getting up early gradually by waking up half an hour earlier every several days until you reach the hour you’d like to get up at to hit the books on daily basis. Obviously, it’s hard in the beginning, but after a few days you start adopting a new diurnal rhythm and it becomes natural to the body.
For instance, my diurnal rhythm while studying for ATPL exams was as follows:
- Getting up – 4.50 a.m. (gentle change from 6.30 a.m. through 5.30 a.m.)
- Morning study time – 5.00-8.00 a.m. (with 5-10-minute coffee/breakfast breaks every 1-1.5 hrs)
- Work/college – 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
- Dinner – ab. 6.00 p.m.
- Evening study time – from ab. 6.30 p.m. to 10.45 p.m. (with 5-10-minute coffee/supper breaks every 1-1.5 hrs)
Contrary to what you might expect, the stable diurnal rhythm my body became accustomed to allowed me to rest well and store a lot of energy for everyday work and studying.
Additional aspect that comes with implementing and keeping to a daily routine is its highly positive effect on motivation. The awareness that from 8 o’clock in the morning you’ve worked through another several tens of questions gives you a feeling of an excellent use of time and motivates you to study even harder. Your even more motivated to get up early in the morning if you go to bed in the evening at a reasonable time with the awareness that you’ve achieved the goal set for that day.