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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by drm0 on Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:58 pm

Thank you so much, everyone! Now I'm more confident I'll get past this with ease and good grades! Very Happy
I'll take all your pieces of advice into account. Wink

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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by Evie on Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:00 am

drmo wrote:I need your help, please. I have 2 exams (”simulations” for the finals next year) and I don't know how I could approach the situation, because I need to recap in just 3 weeks all the things I've studied during the past 3 years and one of the 2 subjects is math. Sad

I really want to study, but I don't know how I could organise myself to successfully repeat (or relearn in some cases) all that amount of information in such a short period of time...

I am sure you can do it drm0! Everyone has given great tips and support already. Smile I don't have very much to add (and it took me a while to write back because I have been super-busy myself; the other day I worked 20 hours with barely any breaks, etc.).


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Maybe our wizard study queen Evie has some tips for studying fast?

Hehe, thanks for calling me a wizard study queen, but studying fast/cramming is really not something I have a lot of experience with. Shruggy smiley I don't recall ever having to recap three years' worth of material in a short period of time. I would always give my maximum all through the year and though the intensity of the study might increase before exams, it was always very much built on everything that came before. I guess this is indeed what most people do Scratchhead but for me pre-exams just always meant studying harder than ever, without feeling like I was studying quickly. I am such a nerd I always want to know absolutely everything about everything so I tend to learn more than I am supposed to, take pages and pages and pages of notes for each little thing (even though I know that isn't efficient), and more time with my head stuck in a pile of books than is probably even healthy. Rolling Eyes However, I can still give my tips on revision and learning.  What a Face

@drm0,


  • The first thing I would like to say is that you should try to enjoy the process as much as possible. Studies show that people tend to learn better when they are happy and enjoy what they're doing - and even that humour improves retention of learning. Obviously there will always be areas that you are more interested in and areas that you are less interested in, but a lot of this is about mindset - if you regard the whole study and examination process as a fun challenge, you are likely to do better.

  • Again, on the subject of challenge, the speed with which you acquire new knowledge is likely to be influenced by how much you engage with the material, so even though I know I say I don't study quickly or know much about taking shortcuts (which, really, is going to be necessary in your situation - but you can do it!), I can say with confidence that picking up a lot of new facts and/or skills is possible in a short space of time if you are excited about the challenge. In fact, you are more likely to move in leaps and bounds if you set yourself tasks of a slightly higher difficulty than you are comfortable with at first - this feeling of challenge should get you into a state of "flow," and you will find you will adjust to the new level with ease. (See http://leeclassroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Motivation-and-Gifted-Students.pdf on challenge as a motivator)

  • Be careful not to fall into the perfectionism trap - this "all or nothing" thinking can be dangerous. Your focus should be on doing your best under the current circumstances, not on achieving perfection. In fact, I would not be focused on achieving the highest result at all. Do everything you can to learn well, but try to derive your feelings of success from knowing you have done your best rather than from external motivators such as grades. There is every chance you will perform extremely well if you do your best, but the exam period is always going to have an element of luck involved - no matter how hard you study, knowledge is vast and there will always be things at which you excel more than others or things you remember better. You should never see a test score as something totally objective and set in stone and reflective of your worth as a scholar -- e.g. a hypothetical literature student could easily have achieved an A instead of a B in the same test if he had been asked to write an in-exam essay on character development instead of being instructed to analyse iambic pentameter. If you ever watched The Magic School Bus, you would have heard the Frizz's trademark phrase: "Make mistakes, make mistakes, make mistakes! It's the best way to learn." Any small setbacks can actually become positive learning experiences - if you do get something wrong, you will remember it better next time. As someone who has always been an overachiever, it is hard for me to admit this, but top marks are just the cherry on the cake. Wink What really matters is having fun with your education. I love you

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep and occasional small breaks - while it is important to study hard, don't overdo it either; you should ideally feel the excited nervous energy but be able to get into a state of "relaxed concentration."

  • I've never looked to YouTube for study but like Luney, if I need to revise something or learn something new my first port of call is an encyclopedia (I have usually started with Encyclopedia Britannica and/or more specialised encyclopedias for the subject area; I always forbid my students from using Wikipedia - though its quality has vastly improved over the years, it's still not reliable; even high-quality print encyclopedias have errors, but they are still useful for general introductions) before moving on to the academic literature.

  • Try to take notes by hand if possible, as longhand notes make for deeper comprehension and memorisation than typed-out notes (see e.g. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-t-take-notes-with-a-laptop/ )

  • Have a can-do attitude. Remember, you can learn anything you decide to. If you're not good at something at first, it doesn't matter; try, and try again, and eventually you can become a master at it.  Heart with flowers


Good luck! Remember you are amazing! Like a Star @ heaven

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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by Evie on Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:55 am

One thing I forgot - I am not sure if I have ever mentioned it before, but I'd recommend using Quizlet ( https://quizlet.com/ ) for making your own custom flash cards, mini mock tests, and games that test your knowledge of definitions etc. in each subject.

Also, I am sure you already know this, but it bears repeating/reminding: remember to always read each exam question carefully (obviously if it is a written rather than oral exam). You'd be amazed at how many exam papers I've marked that gave well-written, factual responses that were wrong because they did not answer the question at hand. It is clear that people often slightly misread exam questions when they feel under pressure. So if you have time (which you should have), make sure you read every question more than once!

That said -- if for some reason you are unsure of the answer to a question, it is still better to write something than nothing, because at least you still have a chance of being right!

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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by drm0 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:35 pm

Thank you so much Evie! Your pieces of advice are certainly useful and on point!

I think using flashcards might be a life saver! How haven't I thought about this before?
I've had a look at Quizlet, but the free version doesn't allow uploading images (I write my formulas using Google Docs and then screenshot them one by one), so I'm gonna use Memrise for math and Quizlet for the rest. Wink

Thank you all, you are awesome! Hugs!

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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by LittlemissSunshine on Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:47 pm

Wowwwwww I guess Evie covered it all.

When I was studying at my university I always had tons and tons of stuff to memorize. I used flash cards indeed. If I would have known that the subconscious mind was that important at that time I would have used it more efficiently.

I mean do you know that reading something before you go to sleep helps you remember it better the next day. You can also use subliminal programming and play it right before you fall a sleep.

I have plans to get my Chinese language skills back up to the level it suppose to and I was thinking making audios with spoken Chinese words that I would play the first one that i sleep. It's suppose to work really good!

Well this and all that Evie said lol

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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by Evie on Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:19 am


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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by Night Eyes on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:34 pm

This video is quite long but it has some lovely positive affirmations and it's a really good reminder to embrace the positive thoughts Smile



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Re: Positive Affirmations

Post by Luney on Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:53 am

I love Louise Hay affirmation videos, I always listen to them when I feel off track I love you
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