Study Series: 10 Tips For Getting Started On Academic Tasks

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Hey Everyone and welcome to this weeks Study Series.

This week I will be sharing with you my top 10 tips for getting started on any academic task.

  1. Improve Your Study Environment. You do this by reducing noie, keeping the area tidy and if neccessary move location. (I often take myself out of the house to a cafe or somewhere as it improves my focus).
  2. Avoid Distractions. Keeping your phone on silent, disable email notifications and avoid busy places.
  3. Work In Short Bursts. Taking regular breaks can help keep your concentration at a maximum.
  4. Find A Way To Start. You could start with a small task, as long as you get started it will provide motivation to get started on that bigger task.
  5. Focus On The Positive. Are there aspects of doing the work you really enjoy such as research, experiements etc focus on those parts.
  6. Write Freely. Use bullet points, graphs, brain maps. Utilise word processing software and the ability to copy and paste to edit documents.
  7. Breakdown Tasks. Large tasks can often feel unmangable, breaking down tasks into smaller chunks can help.
  8. Work Alongside Others. Mutual encouragement can help motivate. Having others to discuss things can also help with understanding topic of problem areas.
  9. Ask For Help. Don’t be afraid to ask for any help if you need it.
  10. Try Not To Be A Perfectionist. Sometimes it is easy to get to caught up in how your work appears, whether or not it’s perfect to you. Trying your best is always a good thing but at times we push ourselves to a standard that is more than expected.

You can find the other posts in the series here.

Reading For A Purpose

Identifying and Extracting Information

Accurate and Clear Information

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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Study Tips Series: Reading For A Purpose

Hey Everyone and welcome to my new blog series. This series will focus on studying and offer some tips and tricks for those undergoing educational courses at any level. This series will cover things such as reading tips, note-making, source checking, referencing and everything inbetween.

To start with the first post will be tips on How To Read For A Purpose.

Reading for a purpose is an entirely different thing to reading for leisure. The information you need to absorb isn’t part of telling a story and quite often you will need to make notes and disengage from your reading as you write.

When reading for a purpose it is an important factor to write down exactly what it is you are wanting to know, the aim and purpose of the reading.

After that it is best to look into which sources you will want to use and to check all the relevant information is up to date.

When looking at these sources do not forget to check who wrote them and to ensure the source is credible , sources such as wikipedia are often frowned upon as the information can be changed and altered by anyone.

Make a note of any relevant chapters, sections or page numbers which are specific to your needs. Don’t forget to check the index or keywords sections.

Scan or skim read the sections which you have note and highlight any relevant information that may be of importance, also note the page number and book details for your bibliography.

Once this is done you can now assess the selected information.

Firstly check whether it answers your questions and helps to prepare your document.

Secondly photocopy and relevant sections and highlight the neccessary parts.

Every so often so and go through and review what you have got. Reviewing will help you maintain focus and direction and then you can disguard anything that you have noted off track or irrelevant to your purpose.

Doing the basic things that are listed above will help to set the foundations for your projects and essays and make going forward with them much smoother.

Next week we will take a look at Identifying and Extracting information when doing your research.

If there is anything you would like to ask or see discussed in a future post please don’t hesitate to drop a comment below or contact me via email at thestationerygeekett@yahoo.com or alternatively message me via my Facebook page.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

 

Paperchase Nordic Planner Review

Last year when Paperchase brought out there Nordic range I absolutely fell in love. At the time though I couldn’t afford the beautiful new planner. When I received the Paperchase sale email last week I thought I’d have a browse and see what there was.

Low and behold was my beautiful planner and it was reduced to £8.
So what did I do? I bought it of course. I’d have been daft not to when I’ve wanted it for so long.

It arrived on Tuesday and it lived up to all my expectations.
It is so soft and well designed. The inserts are incredibly pretty, even of most wont be used right now.

It also lays flat when open which is fantastic.
I have decided to use it to track my studies as I am hoping to go back to college in September and prior to that do some research for a Legal Secretary course.

Anyway I think that’s enough babbling from me, now for the photo’s 🙂

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

How I Use The Filofax Clipbook For Studying

As you may have seen from one of my previous posts on e-courses I study a lot of free online courses (you can find that post here).

One thing I wanted was to have a nice planner to keep all my study notes in. I did however want something not very bulky and easy to carry about.
After doing some research I came across the Filofax Clipbook.
The Clipbook comes in a variety of colours and is really light and portable and does come with inserts which are standard A5 (I bought secondhand without inserts so I can’t include them however they can be found on the Filofax website).

The clipbook is perfect to use for my studies and I’m really liking it now I have set it up. I’ve kept it all really simple with just what I needed and nothing more.

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The first thing I have in the Clipbook is a calendar,  I use to note upcoming course dates and where applicable assignment due dates.

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I also keep a zip up wallet in here where I keep divider tabs for my subjects.

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After this section I have a subject planner. This is where I list all course details that I am undertaking.

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I then have the subjects that I’ve studied and are currently studying. These are divided by using tabs on the top of the page rather than dividers.

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I have other divider sections after this, in thise I keep multicoloured paper, graph paper and plain paper as I intend to complete each course on a different type of paper.
I also have a books to read section and to-do section at the back for when a course requires further reading or research.

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As you can see I’ve kept it simple, easy and uncluttered. I’m unsure when I go back to re-train as a TA in September if I’ll use a clipbook or a different planner after all I will have the new Carpe Diem Ballerina by then 🙂

I’d really like to see how you’ve set up your planner for studying,  if you have any tips to share, your use of decoration etc so please feel free to drop me a comment, link or email.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x