Well I am still trying to perfect study habits, because I always manage to fall behind on the reading and especially towards the end of the quarter I have a really hard time focusing. When I have a lot to do, I also have a hard time focusing because I feel like I should be doing everything at once! I have a hard time sticking to one thing until it's done (especially considering that I usually CAN'T stick to one thing until it is done because inevitably something else will come up that is more urgent!). I feel like I need to speed up my reading but I have a hard time doing that. I have to have NO distractions when reading, and I can't be hungry or cold or really tired, or I just can't get any reading done. This makes it difficult when I have tons of reading! It's a wonder I'm able to do as well as I do because I never do all the readings and I often feel like I don't understand as much as I should to the extent that I should. But then I often find myself understanding things that others don't, so I remind myself that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.
As far as what has helped me survive - I look for opportunities to study at every chance I get. Even if it is just 20 minutes (although sometimes I don't use that time cause I really just need that time for a break), or like if we are going somewhere on a weekend and my husband is driving, I will read(although I rarely get that opportunity anymore, because whereever I go, I usually go alone - even if he CAN go - and I have to drive).
Also, I like to study just a few days before a test, to make sure it is still fresh in my mind. Don't get me wrong, I try not to wait until "last minute." Some people like to study 1-2 weeks before a test, but I have tried that before and find that between then I have to study for other things and that class kind of needs refresher before I take the test. I do as much of the reading as I can before the class, so that is kind of studying for the test. Then I read the notes pertaining to the test I'm going to take, making sure to look up anything that I'm unclear on. As I read, I internalize it and try to put it in my own words to make sure I understand it well. I try to "store" it in my memory by making connections to things I already know.
I also have tried making goals to get certain readings done by the end of the day, to keep myself focused and on target. It might work for some but I found myself constantly frustrated. I think they were reasonable goals but I just had a hard time staying focused. By the end of the quarter I was barely doing any of the readings! (because I had so many other assignments to do and I was just having a hard time doing anymore reading).
I could go on and on. I'm a blabbermouth; sorry!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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