- Combine numerous sources and create your own view
Usually, students look for good, dependable notes (either from books, online or classmates) and then hurry off to school, feeling well equipped.
This tactics can be effective, but in order to excel, it’s better to make a comparison of several sources (books, presentations, videos and so on) and combine these together by forming your own study material.
By doing this one can make sure that their study material doesn’t stay static, but always improves. If you find anything new or interesting that’s connected to the topic, then add it in. This will help you to extend your understanding of the subject as you’ll have scrutinized multiple points of view. You can then create your informed opinion on the matter – something that will be missing in most of your classmates.
- Quantify your progress (measure it from day one)
It’s not anything new for scholars to simulate a test setting and create or partake in quizzes to see how much they are acquainted with a subject. However, most scholars test themselves like this when it is too late, and exams are already approaching.
The answer is to create and take small tests frequently from the starting. If one makes a habit out of this and incorporates it into their study routine, then they’ll have a much distinct idea of how they’re progressing and any areas they might need to brush up on. Doing so will not only help you retain information for longer, but it will also reduce your anxiety levels and prepare you for an exam-type environment.
- Use your emotional intelligence
In several cases, what really differentiates the most exceptional students isn’t their academic aptitude but their emotional intelligence. “What’s that?” you ask. Well, emotional intelligence relates to your capability to stay driven and deal with tense situations.
Research by Stanford University found that scholars’ emotional quotient (their EQ) was a better forecaster of victory than their intelligence quotient (IQ). How you accomplish that basically comes down to whether you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. Those with a growth mindset accept challenges and treat them as a chance to learn something new while those with a fixed mindset fixate on problems and feel overwhelmed.
A good approach to shape a growth mindset is to encounter your learning needs head on. Try to not look at studying as simply being part of examination preparation as this puts the importance on being scrutinized instead of procuring knowledge. If one focuses on knowledge instead of cramming, your understanding of a topic and your capability to recollect information about it in the future will be far better. So approach your education in an optimistic way by viewing learning and knowledge as valuable ends in and of themselves.
- Don’t equate yourself with others
In the end, success has a different meaning to each of us.Aside from that, comparing yourself to others only puts undue pressure and restrains both, levels of motivation and creativity. And so, the best scholars do not care as to what the next individual is doing because they’re absorbed in their own goals and needs. So don’t get bogged down in competition by trying to emulate someone else – remember point 3 and use you emotional intelligence to inspire yourself to achieve your own success.
- Don’t take short-cuts & Communicate with others
Always remember, what truly matters is your individual learning experience. Even if one knows that they can get the answer to an exercise they’re doing on the Internet or from a friend, don’t look! Of course, you can ask others for their help but always put your individual learning goals first. Get the data you need and find your own answers. In the long run, it is much more necessary to get results through dedication and effort.
While one should have his/her own personal learning goals, learning can also follow a collaborative route. There are vast benefits to creating a net of connections (peers, teachers and anyone else) with which one can get in contact with to share views and discuss ideas.