How to Develop a Study Routine for your Education with Agile Methodologies

The advances in digital transformation have provided us with a series of benefits in terms of performance and productivity in the most varied daily tasks.

Study apps, for example, are some of those advances that make the student’s routine easier. The agile methodology is a concept that is part of this same scenario, aiming to optimize our daily performance.

It is a concept derived from Information Technology (IT), which is already widely explored in the business segment, considering that companies need speed and assertiveness in their processes to make a profit.

In this article, you will find out some hints on how you can use Scrumban for your study routine and create a new habit. Using GitScrum’s features you will see a big difference in your organized studies!

What are the main agile methodologies and how do they apply to studies?

There are main active methodologies that are very popular, so you can understand how to apply them in your routine.

Kanban

The Kanban system is a method that has as its central point the facilitated management of tasks through a careful view of the whole. This helps to balance the demand for activities in that study routine with its delivery capacity.

You may say that it is not much easier to identify or what you can manage when everything is visible in a clear and objective plan.

Kanban, therefore, consists of making a detailed picture that encompasses all the steps in the execution of your daily activities. Columns can be divided into categories such as: “jobs to do”, “jobs in progress” and “tasks done”.

In this way, you can establish priorities and reduce the waste of time between one task and another, as you will have a clear vision of what needs to be delivered by the end of the day.

Scrum

Scrum is one of the most popular agile methodologies among software developers, precisely because it allows you to work on complex projects from small daily advances. To apply it to studies, keep in mind the main objective of the method: to carry out small cycles of activities in a given period.

In this way, you send your brain the positive message that a certain goal was accomplished in that specific interval, so these small steps will lead to a more expressive result at the end of the journey. This methodology is very functional for those times when we have challenging demands to solve.

For example, are you struggling with a specific college subject? Start by reading the most basic texts on that subject and, little by little, evolve your study to the more complex topics of the subject. Thus, your brain assimilates information in small doses until the whole naturally starts to make sense to you.

Feature-Driven Development (FDD)

Agile FDD methodology is feature-driven. We can say that the differential of this method is the focus on results. But what does it mean? Generally speaking, this means that you should base your study on the following reasoning: if the result you seek is something almost intangible, you should lower your expectations.

So, think about the results you want to achieve with your studies and initially work with short goals, which will bring a sense of reward and well-being once they are reached.

The prioritization of demands is another important point in the FDD method, as this will allow you to quickly resolve the most urgent issues, which will bring energy to deal with later demands.

Lean

The key point of the Lean method is to eliminate waste. We know that time is a scarce resource in a student’s life, especially for those who need to work and study simultaneously. So, if you intend to optimize your routine and focus on what really matters, Lean might be the most recommended path for you.

To apply this agile methodology in your studies, it is essential to be disciplined, as every minute is crucial so that all tasks are delivered as quickly as possible.

Therefore, establish specific times for your study and don’t let anything or anyone interfere at that time. Of course, this will not always be possible, but you can be sure that little by little, you will naturally get used to this process.

How to put in practice the most of an agile methodology?

Finally, we cannot fail to list some tips to align your expectations regarding an agile methodology. It’s not about magic. As we have seen, it takes discipline to be able to put these methods into practice. But at the same time, you need to be concerned about your mental health and not blame yourself when something goes wrong. To achieve this balance, pay attention to the following aspects.

Planning

It’s impossible to stay focused on your studies if you don’t have a good plan. We’ve seen in previous topics that each of the active methodologies requires you to plan before executing the tasks, especially using our Task Type, which creates an objective and optimized workboard for your team. Although the routes are different in each of these methods, planning is the foundation of them all.

Alignment

Maintain alignment with your values, your skills, and your ability to deliver. This is very important to not overload your mind, which can lead to frustration in the face of unattainable goals. Here, we reinforce the importance of practicing your agile methodology by following short, but assertive and well-targeted steps.

Learning from mistakes

Learning from mistakes is one of the primary points in a student’s routine. This is because, when we are in this condition, it means that we do not know everything, that is, we are still learning. So it’s absolutely normal to accumulate some errors along the way.

Using them as learning to do better next time is a smart way to not get frustrated with adversity. In this way, it is possible to keep the enthusiasm and move forward with the goals.

See how it is possible to apply different types of agile methodology to your studies? By making your study routine more organized and taking care of your physical and mental well-being, you will achieve better results throughout your university journey.

The importance to use agile methodologies for a study routine

The fact is that agile methodologies allow the student to occupy the position of the protagonist of their own learning. They give you the ability to access information, connect with people, make decisions and learn, anytime and anywhere, based on frequent and punctual learning and assessment cycles (checklist, for example).

The idea is to share experiences, cases, problem-solving (hands-on, for example). This connection can be live, online, or recorded for on-demand access.

The possibility of making them in a maker space, laboratory, or professional environment allows for immersion. And they constitute, in the action space, inspiration through the development of competencies, skills, and attitudes that can be applied throughout life (in research, business, society, and technology environments).

Agile methodologies are capable of transforming higher education. They bring the idea of ​​“doing it now”, instead of offering time-consuming, inflexible, highly complex procedures, with lectures, long-winded, and exclusively final assessment (how about using our Sprint to increase your study productivity?).

It is important to emphasize that in these methods there cannot be gaps or extensive intervals between the learning times, application of the content, and assessment.

Technological innovations and behavioral changes challenge professionals in higher education to combine quality with quantity, accessible, structured, and flexible pedagogical planning; serving many at the same time and in all places, and getting each one to find meaning, meaning, and relevance.

Maximizing the teaching and learning process completes this ecosystem.

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Leonardo Salles

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