Wednesday, September 12, 2012

5 Tips for Successful Study

Studying in style

At this very moment my daughter is sitting her first preliminary Year 11 exams. I have to admire her attitude this morning and commend her highly for how she conducted herself after dropping her laptop on the hard kitchen tiled floor. The laptop will need to go in for repair and I was worried that this would stress her out but surprisingly she overcame the bad situation and just said she would hand it in for repair and the school issue a replacement while hers in in getting fixed. Thank goodness for this system as she has 2 assessments due and to study for exams. Next week she will have at least one everyday. 

I worry about how she will cope as tests have never been her forte although she has improved over the years. Here are some study tips from positively present

Gauge your success by your own potential. Success isn't about whether or not you do better than others. It's about being better than yourself, being better every single day. The more you try to compare yourself to others, the further away you'll get from understanding true success -- a word that should be defined by you and you alone. Your success should be unique to you. Don't let anyone else determine what your success should be. 

Begin with the end in mind. 
What is it that you really want? Too often the goals we set for ourselves are arbitrary, based only on what we think we should be achieving, not what we actually want to achieve. If you want straight A's or to write a flawless thesis, go for it. But make sure you're doing it for you, not just because you think that's what you're supposed to do. Knowing what your end goal is -- a degree, becoming a subject expert -- will motivate you during the tough times. 
Figure out your values -- and live accordingly. To experience long-term fulfillment, you have to look at the big picture. Learning isn't just about grades or obtaining a degree; it's about taking your knowledge and doing something awesome with it. In order to do that, it's important to know what you stand for and what matters to you. Having values (and living by them) gives purpose to your education -- and your life. 

Change what's not working. If your current study habits (or any habits, for that matter) aren't working for you, change them. Don't keep doing what you've been doing unless you want to keep getting what you've always gotten. If you don't know what to change or how to change, seek advice from people in similar situations. Find a study partner or someone who can help you find more successful habits. 

Stop complaining.
 One of the easiest things to do when things are tough is complain. It feels good to wallow in what's not working -- but all that wallowing gets you nowhere. Resolve to stop complaining about all the work you have to get done and start doing it. Learning isn't about being comfortable -- it's about pushing yourself. Complaints get in the way of your success and it's up to you to stop them from doing so. 

Good luck to all those students studying now and for the upcoming HSC next month.

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