Happy new year, friends!
I’m not usually one for new year resolutions, however, I’ve always wanted to revamp the way I perceive and practice “studying”. During the past exam session, I was chatting with a friend who ended the conversation by expressing the necessity and fickleness of wooing his studies. Maybe it’s time I took this relationship to the next level.
Here are 5 tips that I’ll be working on to reignite that spark:
1. Be honest. It’s not always easy to admit and accept the flaws of a relationship but by doing so, you’ll be surprised at how challenges can be worked through. As someone who enjoys writing lists…I quickly realized how inefficient they can end up being (as well as how quickly they can negatively extend). I now set up lists in tiers depending on what needs to be 110% done today, by the end of the week, and sometime during the month.
2. Spend quality time together such as going out for a date. A change of scenery is always exciting, so take your notes to that new café around the corner or be a bit more adventurous and study in a different library or a new part of town. Double dates or group dates are also acceptable.
3. Get to know what you’re studying. As obvious as this sounds, make sure you are clear on what material you should be spending time on whether it be that topic you didn’t quite get or the practice exam questions your prof provided. If you’re ready to take it to the next step, get to know your studies better through exploring other mediums such as film, art or literature. Go on your own mini-field trip (the ROM is free for post-secondary students every Tuesday and the AGO for high school students after 3pm from Tues-Fri, or for the general public, Wednesdays from 6-8:30pm!)
4. Spend constructive time apart. Quality studying tends to be time-consuming and intensive (for most people) so make sure to set boundaries whether it be employing the “Holly” method (20 minutes studying : 5 minutes break time) or setting a daily hour (or two) for studying. Make sure to give yourself a break and take time to refuel – your mental and physical well-being is just as important.
5. Have an open mind. Remember to strive for a constant mindfulness of the relationship – do regular check-ups on what works for you and what doesn’t, just remember to keep positive and to accept the fluidity of studying patterns. A friend suggested maintaining a learning journal to jot random thoughts/opinions/quotations/questions whenever they arise and to record the learning process.
Hopefully there are some ideas that everyone can take something new from (and I stick by). What works and doesn’t work for you?