Note: This is not my bearded dragon or cat. However, in a utopian, perfect (in all ways incredibly unrealistic) world it could be… read this blog to understand what they have to do about my Myths of Study! I popped up at the USQ scene straight from school – so I thought I had a few sneaky study and assignment plans and tactics that were completely irrefutable.
Please note: starting studying the week before a major exam is NOT one of my irrefutable tactics… I’ve found that out the hard way… a number of times.
However, I’ve found that sometimes a particular exam or assignment seems like a nasty job – similar to taking out the rubbish when there is a small lake of rubbish juice lying tranquil on the bottom – and in this case, I’ve learnt that studying or starting that assignment first is the best plan of action. Yes, I said first. Not last, not second last and definitely not doing it just after procrastinating by cleaning your bearded dragon’s cage for the last few hours (yeah, I’m guilty of that. Don’t judge too harshly, okay?). By completing that bad boy first you will still have something to look forward to. For me, this has included a super fun assignment about how best to help children develop in a particular environment.
Along with studying the not-so-fun-or-enjoyable-or-cool-or-awesome exam first, there are a number of key ways to help yourself enjoy studying it. I found at school that there was a limited capacity for the amount of ways to study. It was kind of like going into 7/11 and only finding small cups available for your slurpee in the middle of summer. All you could basically do was look back over the textbook or your own notes from class. Maybe, possibly beg your teacher for an old exam to use as practice. However, at uni, there are a bazillion ways to study – look at your notes, look at the online lecture slides, look at the information you gained during your tutorial, look at your textbook, play some really weird and interesting online games that the textbook author has developed. It’s like… have you heard of BYO cup day at 7/11? People are literally allowed to bring their own cup (whatever shape, whatever size, and fill it with the liquid goodness of the 7/11 slurpee).
I kid you not, google it if you have to. There are photos of people with kiddie pools getting filled up. It’s crazy. It’s fantastic. Well, studying for uni is basically that. There is a kiddie pool sized amount of ways to study just waiting for you. Of course, everybody has to find their own particular study habit. I personally enjoy waking up and starting an assignment or studying straight away – before I even have breakfast. I don’t know why but it works for me.
Compare this to my little brother (who is in Year 11 in high school), he enjoys staying up late (I know, typical teenagers), listening to music and studying during this time. I personally hate any type of outside noise and can’t stand music to be on while I study – even though I like to think of myself as a massive music enthusiast. So I say this to you, my fantastic readers, I am probably only a slightly above average student (oh, you think I’m better than that?! Aw thanks!) – and I can still find the motivation need to study, so, so can you! Find a time and a place, find a particular way to study and go for it! Sometimes, studying is just not possible. Perhaps… its BYO cup day at 7/11 and you have a kiddie pool just waiting to be filled up… or… or… your bearded dragon has just run under the couch and is hiding there and you’re kind of scared that she will come face to face with your cat (and they are not friends).
Sometimes you need a day to relax and watch hilarious re-runs of your favourite TV show. And I say to you: that’s okay too, as we all need a break once and a while, and trust me, you deserve it. Just don’t do it too much and end up a week out from a major exam having done zero study. I would finally like to say to you all: good luck for the following semester! Get those good habits in and kick those bad habits out!