Organizing is getting everything together in an orderly fashion so when you need it you know exactly where it is. Organizing your material isn’t something fixed, it will constantly change and therefore it is something that you develop over time. Being consistent in organizing your stuff will help you tremendously (it’s good to have set times in a day when you organize your environment and material; even if it’s putting pens and pencils back into a cup).
2. Prioritize importance
Rank each section by how much you have to learn and by when. This will give you an idea of what you should start with first, this will also help when planning your schedule. Always write down what you need to accomplish then use colors, ticks, or any other form of indication that will help you pick out what is absolutely urgent and what can wait a while. If you do this you will work ahead of time and do what needs to be done way before the due date.
3. Take breaks
Taking breaks is essential for learning. Taking a 5- 10 min break after every 30- 60 min of working respectively will allow the brain to process what knowledge it has gained and prepared itself for another session of studying. A good way of thinking about it is changing gears, you can’t use the same gear the entire time whilst driving a car, just like that you can’t stare at your books for more than 2 hours straight because it isn’t productive and it just isn’t practical at all. You have to change gears in order to reach the optimized speed for different gradients and terrain, likewise, you have to take breaks in order to maximize your productivity and optimize the brains efficiency otherwise due to prolonged use it will become a burden in order to keep it focused.
4. Have a hobby
Don’t expect to continuously study without getting mentally fatigued unless you absolutely love studying. In those little breaks, you should do something you love, you can go climb a tree, listen to music or watch a small comedy video (whatever floats your boat) but as soon as your break is done you have to get back to your books, this will train you to be more disciplined.
5. Focus what is your why
Having a reason, or in other words your “why”, to consistently drive you to study will help you study for longer and more effectively. Since our willpower can be used up we have to reduce its consumption by making ourselves want to do a certain thing. You should write down all your reasons as to why you are studying and keep them next to you, when you feel like you are wavering read your “whys” and remind yourself why you’re putting in the hard work (remember always work smart not hard).
6. Past papers
Past papers will your savior. Past papers help you understand the various ways in which a concept or fact will be tested. They save you some reading time too if you see the same question that may have come out before (don’t fool yourself though, make sure you scan it anyways just in case there may be any changes). Lastly, it serves as a ton of practice, yes it may be tedious and annoying but it will definitely help you in getting that A you’ve always wanted.
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