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Plan a flexible study schedule that will gradually chip away
at that mountain of work while still letting you have a life
It's the middle of the year. The mercury is now spending a lot of
quality time in the low teens and single digits (brrr!!!!). Short
sleeves and open windows seem like a long-distant memory. But even in
the middle of all this winter quiet, there's still stuff to look
Welcome to Semester II of your TAFE studies, which begins today.
Whether you're returning from a course you started earlier this year
(or even last year) or whether you're starting at TAFE for the very
first time, it's easy to feel just a tad intimidated by the months of
study that now stretch out in front of you.
Don't worry, those first day jitters are all part of the journey.
We've compiled a short list of tips and suggestions to not only help
you get through the next couple of months, but to enjoy the ride as well.
If you started your course at the beginning of the year, it's
important to remind yourself that you're now a good six months down
the track, and therefore six months closer to your original goal.
Remind yourself of all the options you'll have once you've graduated.
Think of a reward you can give yourself once you've finished Semester II.
If you're just starting at TAFE for the first time, hold those goals
in your mind and let them motivate you. If they were strong enough for
you to enrol in the first place, then they're strong enough to
motivate you to start getting your hands dirty.
This one sounds boring, but it's on the list because it's usually
pretty effective. The beginning of the semester is when virtually all
of the work is still ahead of you, and from where you're standing
right now it can look like a big scary mountain of hard yakka.
But here's the secret - hard yakka is never quite so hard when you
break it down into manageable bite size pieces. In other words, pace
yourself. Plan a flexible study schedule that will gradually chip away
at that mountain of work while still letting you have a life.
An old Chinese proverb says; "teachers open the door, but
you must enter by yourself". Make the most of the wealth
of knowledge and experience your TAFE teachers have to offer. Ask
questions. Think about what you're learning. Keep your mind open and
as absorbent as a sponge.
And of course, for everyone who now has a whole semester under their
belt, you can always look back over your TAFE journey so far and see
if there are any valuable lessons that you can take with you into
Semester II. Perhaps you found a particular study rhythm or balance
that worked well. Or maybe there were some habits you developed that
aren't serving you. Were there any road bumps you encountered that
could be navigated better? A little bit of reflective contemplation
can sometimes be a very useful thing.