Many thousands of students undertake and enrol in vocational education and training courses every year. However for those new to study, or returning to study, it can be difficult to get into an effective routine. The following article contains four good rules to follow that will help you achieve the most possible out of your education and training course.
Create a Study Space
Before beginning it is important to create your own study area. It is important that this area is available at any time and is free from disruptions like television. Keep this space clean as a de-cluttered area means a de-cluttered mind. Have a good light and chair at your desk and before sitting down to begin ensure that all materials needed are available – having to search for these later will get your mind out of the ‘zone’.
Create a Routine
Make a list of all your assessment due dates and set smaller due dates to ensure work is completed on time. Work out your learning style and study technique. Once you know this you can effectively plan your time. To do this think about whether your prefer to study with music or in silence, in a group or individually, indoors or outdoors or in long hours or short bursts.
Finally, work on your least preferable assignment or subject first. If you start on your favourite it is likely that you will spend a disproportionate amount of time on it impacting the opportunity to succeed in the others.
Health, Stress and Relaxation
Research shows that you are more likely to retain information if you study for less and get longer night’s sleep than if you stay up all night and forfeit rest. Drink herbal teas to relax and practice deep breathing for calming. It is important to avoid creating a reliance on coffee and energy drinks as well as alcohol. Remember to take your breaks where it is logical to do so, like between models, different subjects or study topics. Most of all reward yourself after you have completed certain goals.
When setting goals the most important thing to remember is to ensure they are realistic. Aiming to complete a huge assignment in a couple of hours is probably going to be unrealistic. Small goals are encouraging as each time you achieve one you are motivated. Set your goals according to your strengths and weaknesses.