How to Develop Your Study Skills [Infographic] 105

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This is a guest post by Aris Grigoriou, a Student Recruitment Manager for Study Medicine Europe, a medical student recruitment business that secures placement for prospective students of medicine and veterinary studies from all over the world into affordable universities in Europe.

Studying for long lengths of time can be very difficult.

Whether you are a high school student studying to get your high school diploma, a college student studying for your final exams, or a post-graduate student studying to get a higher qualification to advance your career, studying can be challenging.

That is where learning the skills to study more effectively early on can be really beneficial.

Time Management

Did you know that our brains find it hard to process new information after a 90 minute window?

That is why when studying it is crucial to take regular breaks. The optimum period of time to study for is actually in a 30 minute block, then pausing for a five minute break, before resuming your studies once again.

Related: 6 Ways to Exercise Your Brain for Better Thinking Skills

Study Incentives

Do you need to revise three major topics today to keep on schedule with your study plan? Are you finding it difficult to concentrate?

One of the ways to make the most of studying is to incentivize it. Turning studying into a game rather than a job can really help.

For example, if you are an avid television viewer, promise yourself an episode of your favorite show to be watched later that night, per topic you have studied. That way if you cover your initial three topics that you aimed to cover that day, you can watch three episodes of your favorite shows.

Brain Training

Flip flashcards can be very useful as a study aid. Using them effectively and making a game out of them can work by shouting out ‘CORRECT’ each time you get a correct answer. This will boost your self-esteem around how productive you are actually being while also stimulating your brain to pay attention.

Chew Gum

Another way to stimulate your brain is to chew gum while you study. The idea behind it is to chew gum again during your exam and it may help jog your memory back to when you were initially revising a particular topic.

What is the science behind this? Well chewing gum is known to increase your heart rate and your blood pressure sending more blood to your brain and improving your memory as a result.

Study Conditions

Where you study can be just as important as how you study.

You need to be aware of your physical space and any distractions within that space to optimize your study time.

Designate a specific spot as your study space, this might be at a desk in your bedroom, or sitting at a particular seat in your college library. Turn off all of your mobile devices when studying. SMS messages, phone calls, IMs, emails and social media alerts are highly distracting.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Proper nutrition has an impact on your study, as does sleep.

Eat nutritious foods that have been proven to aid with concentration and memory. Examples of these foods include fish, nuts, seeds and yogurts. If you snack while studying, move away from junk food and choose blueberries instead. They can help with preventing memory loss, as well as assist with your capacity for learning.

Napping

If you feel sleepy while studying take a 20 to 30 minute nap to refresh yourself, then get back to your study. Do not nap for longer than 30 minutes as you will have a higher risk of falling into deep sleep. If this happens, you will feel groggy and even more tired when you wake up.

Related: How Napping Increases Productivity

For an illustrated look at the best ways to develop your study skills, have a look at this infographic created by Study Medicine Europe.

 

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.