Studying: how do you do that?

You have obtained your diploma, you have registered for a follow-up course and your books have arrived. In short, you are ready to study. That is of course easier said than done, because how should you actually study? Learn a lesson here.

Make a good start

If it is clear which further education you will follow and you have ordered the correct books, you can get started. Often the first study assignments will flow in soon after the start of the school year. The assignments must be completed and you will also have to read, prepare and learn a lot. The assignments that you receive usually relate to the subject matter. So make the assignments good and try to absorb the material you need to read. Also make sure that you pay close attention and continue to make useful notes when discussing the assignments. Make sure that you do not fall behind with completing assignments or reading the material. The quantities are often large and therefore difficult to catch up at a later date. Don't let yourself be distracted by nicer things in the student world, such as going out and partying.

Find the right rhythm

A starting student will have to get used to his studies in the first few weeks of his further education. The difference between secondary education and further education is large with many programs and ensures that students do not immediately feel at ease. Unfortunately, this can lead to poor study results and it is therefore important to quickly find your rhythm within your new school. You do this by focusing on your studies, especially in the first few weeks, and not getting too distracted by side issues. You can also ask a senior student how he or she got through the first few weeks / months of the study. Try to provide yourself with information about your studies, this may well help you learn and find your rhythm. To completely find your way and to improve your study results, I recommend that you find a mate. Make friends and consult on assignments and try to learn or discuss your studies together. A warning: don't look for friends with confidence, this will come naturally! Once you have found your rhythm, you can really get started!

Plan

Start planning already in the initial phase of your training! It is extremely important to realize that you have to start planning right from the start of your studies. This prevents difficulties just before the exams / tests or before an important deadline. You need a diary for good planning. It goes without saying that you note important dates and agreements in this, but an agenda is also useful for other things. This way you can make a timetable, per week or per day, with the things that you need to have completed for that day or week before your studies. You write in your agenda when you have to complete an assignment and you plan immediately when you work on the assignment. You can do this very specifically by making a schedule per day. You write in your diary how many hours / minutes you have time per day to study. You then divide this time by the number that you have to make.

A simple example

On Monday afternoon you will receive two assignments that you must hand in on Friday afternoon. Make a note of the deadline in your agenda, so Friday. You also view the size of the assignments and estimate how much time is spent on them. This is often difficult for starting planners, but the more often you do it, the better it will eventually get. Suppose the first assignment is good for three hours of work and the second for four hours. The second assignment takes more time, so it's best to start with that. Do not organize your time in such a way that you have to complete both or one of the assignments on Thursday evening. For example, do it as follows. Check out how much time the assignments will cost you on Monday evening and start preparing for both assignments. Schedule for Tuesday that you will start with both assignments. See how many hours this will cost you. Make sure you really get up on Wednesday and prefer to continue with the largest assignment. Try to finish this completely. Now the first and shortest assignment still remains for Thursday. You can use the Friday morning for completion, if there is time.

To prepare

Proper preparation is necessary for an optimal understanding of the course material, assignments and lectures. In most studies, planners or study guides are used which indicate per week or sometimes per month what needs to be done and read. Take this to hand, these planners are often also useful for a plan schedule or for your agenda. Don't be fooled, especially in the beginning, most universities start immediately, often with a high dose of material. So make sure that you know in time where you stand and what needs to be done.
Preparing the lectures and tutorials is essential for learning the material. It saves you a lot of stress and learning, especially later in the academic year. You prepare well by reading through the material every week. Underline important words and put important sentences between heels. Often the material and the assignments are coherent and it is therefore advisable to first read the texts and then make the assignments. I know, it takes a lot of time, but this is the best way to understand the assignments and to make them in the right way. Also make sure that when making the assignments you underline difficult matters and note down questions for yourself. You can discuss these questions with fellow students or with a teacher. Look for difficult words or phrases in a dictionary or on the internet! After doing this, you can get well prepared for the lessons.

Repeat

Previously we only talked about making assignments and planning them. Now about the most important thing, learning. Of course, making assignments and reading the subject matter is half the battle, but repetition is really essential.
You can repeat by reading all or part of the material that has been treated again. Read difficult and / or important parts extra carefully and, if necessary, underline important sentences. If there are pieces that you have not read before, make a note of the page numbers of these pieces of text and read them carefully again later. Repeat not once, but several times. Try to link concepts for yourself and make summaries. To make a summary understandable, you can add diagrams yourself and underline words. Go through these summaries again and hear yourself out loud. The latter sounds strange, but it really works!

Closing

Finally, I have to mention a few tips. Do not drown yourself in your studies, make sure that you study and work alternate with leisure time and relaxation. Is the study too heavy or you don't like it anymore? Do not stop immediately and put your best foot forward, if it really does not work, you will notice that automatically.
Good luck everyone!

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