I have been asked this question so many times, guys, you won’t believe me. I have seen many people struggle and fail and get up again.. It happens to all of us at some point. Some fall on their nose and scratch it and others fall and break their leg. It really doesn’t matter how hard you have struggled with school or uni or college, at some point you have to ask yourself how to improve. Fast.
Sometimes it is just the finals, sometimes it is your Bachelor thesis you’re struggling with. I wan to give some advice to all those who need it because I feel the need to share it with all of you. I know it’s not really a bookish topic, but here you go..
1. What are your goals?
Never underestimate this question. Do you want to just pass the test or do you want to improve your marks long-term? Usually, you’ll want to do both I guess. Write it down, stick it on your fridge, or re-name your alarm clock in the morning – whatever it takes not to forget your goals.
2.Write a list!
I know it sound like the most nerdy and unhelpful thing in the world but don’t be fooled by prejudice and hear-say about this! Lists can make your life much much much easier because you took your time doing this list. You can be sure there is (almost) nothing missing on your list and THEN you can start to get rid of the things there. This means your list shouldn’t be a list of your goals but a TO DO list. I do one for each day, each work works, too.
Important is this: YOUR LIST WILL BE TOO FULL in the beginning. I overestimate the time I need for things all the time. It happens to everyone but don’t feel discouraged. It’s part of learning what you can handle.
3. Organize your paperwork!
Otherwise, you’ll never find the notes you took three weeks ago in that one lecture where the teacher had that funny shirt on.
4.Get your arse on that chair! (Discipline)
I know, I know. But the thing is, the day will pass, all of its 24 hours, no matter what you have done with your time. So even though you sometimes don’t feel like doing it, or when you’d rather enjoy the sunny day- go and have some fun. But come back and get your butt on that chair and do some work. You will be so glad you did it when the sun has set!
This is of course the hardest part. So it’s important that you reward yourself in some way. Go out, eat some chocolate, cake, ice-cream, go for a walk or spend the erst of your day with friends or a book. No matter what you do, make sure you really reward yourself! Don’t go and do something you don’t like afterwards 😉
I hope my tips help you in the future. Try them out and tell me what you thought. You don’t have to try the all, but the fourth one is a must!
How do you study? What has worked best for you? Let’s chat in the comments!