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"I am so pumped for a night in; I've been waiting to
get stuck into this course work all week" said nobody, ever.
Studying is a little like exercise; you know you should get off your
behind and do it… But you can usually think of something better to do.
It's time to sell yourself the positive aspects of a hard study
session. As the old adage goes, if you don't put in, you won't get
out. And a good education will reward you tenfold.
Most of us don't need to be sold on the benefits of education. We
know that TAFE can help secure a better future, broaden career
prospects and help you specialise in a trade. We also know that there
aren't many people who enjoy studying, even if they love learning. So
what to do when your brain doesn't seem ready to cooperate with your
Use these tricks to get yourself in ‘information absorption mode':
Itching to get your hands on a Bluesfest ticket or be first in line
for the iPhone 7 release? Dish yourself a cold bowl of tough love!
Make a deal with yourself that you need to score a credit mark or
higher before rewarding yourself with something you really want.
So much of your ability to concentrate depends on your immediate
surroundings. If you know you'll be distracted by a fridge full of
food and your comfy bed & endless stream of Netflix at home, study
at your local library instead.
You may be the type of student that can get lost in a text books for
hours at a time, or you find yourself daydreaming 10 minutes in.
Either way, getting to know how you retain information is the key to
your success. Use a tool like Education Planner to work out what type
of learner you are. For example, if you're an auditory learner switch
up your study session by recording important information from your
textbook and play it back to help you recall more information.
Why did you make the decision to enrol in TAFE? Did you want to be
your own boss? Work for a cutting edge company? Build a house? Learn a
trade? Let your purpose inspire your study session. A great way to
stay focused on your goal is to create a mood board or if that's not
your thing, write yourself a note on your study journal.
Most of all, stick with it, studying is hard… For everyone. Your
lightbulb moment will come and it will all be worth it on graduation day.