Beginning of semester
List and map assessments, chapters, topics, tasks
Make a place to record every single assessment / exam tip
Make a place to record questions for revision
Help future me
Note down what worked, what didn’t on post its and in note book
Put any summarised notes / cheatsheets into PDF docs, they are useful at work
DO THE CHAPTER EXERCISES
Old test questions
Think: why is this relevant? And answer.
Meet weekly learning objectives
Read slides/summary prior to lecture
Read theory guide, establish main points, learn on net - take notes, browse chapter and add notes if anything missed
Turn up to every class, lowers workload significantly
Studying is not a spectator sport, do stuff, don't just read.
Plan semester with MS Project
Libra Draw is really handy at drawing graphs
Start as early as possible
Review textbook index and unit guide for things to discuss
Use google books
Think about and cater to audience
Be crystal clear about objective
Read other essays on the topic
What, where, how, why, when
Why, why, why
Review previous exams for ideas and a refresher
If low word count use pictures and graphs to convey message
Advice to self
Eat that frog
Pick the vital 20%
Breaking a job down makes it more achievable
Associate good feelings with the task
It is NEVER too late to commit
Re-read responses on T/F because I often accidently circle the wrong letter
In IS you are expected to work it out for yourself, so google is your friend
Get after it!
Use previous plans and preps as templates (exams, assignments)
It always seems like you will never get it but then you do and it feels great!
Resist the temptation to do small things first (they become habit)
Time and effort
Every minute spent planning saves about ten in execution. Plan everything.
Plan: Objective, Outputs, Tasks, Timeline
Study in the evening, works better for me
Remember Parkinson's Law
Disconnect the internet if find self procrastinating
Establish the vital 20%
The 80/20 rule = work on the vital few tasks not the trivial many. Most busy people are working on tasks of low value
Never allow self to start after a brief surf, it turns into more.
Any task, no matter how complex, can be broken down to manageable smaller tasks. Then any goal is as easy as checking off tasks. Those tasks should go down to about the size of an hour or a few hours.
Bananas reduce anxiety (potassium)
Chamomile Tea = calm and sleepy
Be own best friend, do things at beginning to make life easier in the middle of semester, because it gets bad
Look out for self
Turn up to every class
Don't rush things
Stay in the moment, try not to multitask
Deliberately go slow
Ask yourself 'Whats wrong with this moment exactly as it it? What am I doing?'
Focus on common sounds, repetitive actions, close your eyes, listen to music, keep looking.
Set self up to succeed, plan.
Use colour when bored to add some creativity and recapture focus
The pomodoro technique works well (25 / 5 minute thing)
Turn internet off if you need to
Use the Force
If you don't start somewhere, you won't get anywhere
Break it down
Do the hard stuff first
SWIM just keep your head above
Study block – Time Management
Say no to social stuff completely
Divide study block by exams evenly
Put together any notes the lecturer has shared
Practice drawing anything you might need to draw in the exam (eg graphs)
Form an opinion
Make a learning plan
Review previous study plans and reuse what worked / is relevant
Review previous exams for main topics
Keep a list of exam tips
Grab your question list
Typing is faster than handwriting
Keep a list of questions
Why is this relevant? Why, Why, Why?
Description, explanation, example
Explain like reader is 5
List the key points
List potential relevant topics to learn
Make 'Cheat Sheets' on these topics
List the key topics from past exam questions
List any other potential areas to learn which could be relevant
Practice writing sound arguments
How do topics interelate - this often comes up