It's Friday! What are your plans this weekend? Are you relaxing or studying? This week, WAYK are going to help you with some study tips that are easily overlooked. You might already know a lot of them, but it's easy to think "I don't need to do that." Well, you just might.
I like to think of school as a place which introduces you to a catalogue of possibilities, peaks your interest in subjects, and then teaches you to memorise. It's not a prison to enforce ordinance. Memory is such an important skill in school, work and life. Even squirrels need a strong memory to survive during the winter; they remember where they buried acorns when the supply runs out after autumn.
So your task in school is to essentially find those acorns buried in your mind. Storing little acorns of knowledge in your head can help you surpass exams, with the intent that when you leave school, you still have those acorns, and don't need someone to show you how to do something - you can show yourself essentially.
However, this doesn't mean that training can't be provided to you at your choice of work. No matter where you're working (particularly if you're a recent school leaver, or graduate), your employer should offer you some form of training.
But how do we get there? It's a daunting process, and one that can strike anxiety and fear into even the most prepared geek (I don't use that offensively, I'm a geek). But preparation and confidence is key. If you're still completely frazzled, and can't think of any methods of preparation, then look no further; these study aids and tips will help!
Ultimately, there are no shortcuts
Hard work is the only way you will do your best. That goes for everything, whether it's studying or working in a career. You need to put the hours in. Unfortunately, this means that you will lose out on some hours of recreation or even sleep, but out of the 24 hours you get a day, you shouldn't be spending all 24 of them studying.
Have you ever picked up a book and thought "Boy there's a lot of filler here. I wish someone would just tell me the answer"? Enter flash cards. True enough writers like the sight of their own writing (I'm guilty enough). Flash cards are great at just simple telling you the answer, but it does mean you have to do a bit of reading first.
Read through the textbook, highlight (if you own the book) the important bits and then write them onto cards. If it's the answer to a question, write the question down too. Once you've written all your important bits down, ask someone to look over them, and fire quick answer rounds.
Thankfully we've come a long way since the days of an encyclopedia. Google, among other search engines, are very useful at answering questions themselves, without the need of reading into a website in too much depth. Don't rely solely on this though; it's good to know the facts, but it's better to have a broader perspective.
Not everything has to be done by pen and paper; actually this method of work is becoming increasingly less popular. Computers are great word processors, because you can edit mistakes on assignments, and use search engines as previously mentioned.
Computers are really advanced these days - you can play games, chat with friends, edit pictures, tons of recreational things which isn't studying. Distractions, basically. Getting rid of distractions is important, and tools like Google Citrus for Google Chrome is particularly good at blocking distractions
Why are you doing this? Give yourself a reason to do what you're doing, no mater how long or short term the reason may be. If you need something to get you through to the next page, put a treat or sweet at the end of the page, so that in order to turn the page, you have to treat yourself first.
If you need something to get you through the whole process of it, ask yourself what the intention of studying is. Getting good grades? To actually learn how to do something? By realising your goals, instead of blindly studying, will you be more enthusiastic to studying - the process will be more structured.
For some, there is no time to sleep. Things like studying, or socialising with friends gets in the way. For those who have difficulties fitting in extra time, some choose to cut out the sleep. While it's obvious you need to sleep (it's recommended 8 hours), some people still choose to study all night.
In this case, caffeine supplements can surely help. WAYK is a chewable tablet which contains guarana, a natural source of caffeine, and vitamin C & B complex, which helps you release energy from food. The release in energy means WAYK is an effective supplement (or nootropic).
Lastly, you need confidence in yourself. You need to remind yourself that you CAN do it. The effects of positive thinking is marvellous; whereas the effects of negative thinking is disastrous and sometimes fatal. Only you can install confidence in yourself, even if you need the help of others to get there first.
If you are struggling to find that confidence, confide in someone you can trust. This can be anyone; a teacher, a parent, a friend, a priest, a dog... Okay, a conversation with a dog would be a bit one sided, but the release and unconditional love will only benefit you. Talking about your worries and problems is better than accepting that nothing can be done about it (because that's false.