How to Study: Mind on the Job

Remember that there are no marks for sorting folders. Do get organised, have post-its, notecards in front of you — aim to get three to five main points of what you are reading and learn them off by heart. The best way to do this is to do some questions on the topic, particularly if you are doing an exam this year. There are no marks for sorting folders — remember that the marks go for answering exam questions. You need a certain amount of easy access to your notes, but then get down to work!

If you wear a school uniform, you may find it helpful to leave it on as you study. This keeps you in the frame of mind of school and the work you need to do.

As you are revising you may find that you have become very interested in Emmerdale, golf and The Antiques Roadshow. Oddly enough, these are programmes you would avoid like the plague most of the time. Pay attention! Step away from the television!

Similarly, when you are about to make a breakthrough, lots of obstacles arise. Have you noticed that you have a sudden desire to help with the housework? Clean your desk? Tidy your wardrobe? Clear out the dog’s box? The bigger the breakthrough you are about to make, the greater your resistance is to it — watch out for this. Knowing that it can happen and knowing how to recognise the signs is important. Recognise what you are doing and remind yourself that the one last step you have to take will make the difference in reaching your goal.

The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.’
Al Newhart

You can have anything you want if you give up the belief that you can’t have it. Knock off the ’t. You can have it.