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LEARNING HACKS The way to your dream A-levels is exhausting and learning-intensive – nobody has claimed otherwise. Studying only two days before the exams hasn’t really helped anyone. Instead, you should develop your own learning routine and follow it continuously. That way you learn as effectively as possible and save time and stress.
Making a step to a sustainable learning routine requires a lot of discipline. “Continuous learning” is the magic formula. Sounds exhausting, but you won’t regret it, because it will have an extremely positive effect not only on your school time, but also on your further life. You don’t believe me? Try it and see what happens.
A continuous learning routine has nothing to do with the hours of learning you might imagine. It is rather a long-term learning plan that leads in small steps to a big goal. That means as much as: Study a few minutes every day for a specific subject, then put the book down and enjoy life. Those who conscientiously follow through with these few minutes of learning will achieve an unassailable learning advantage in the long run. Don’t you think? An example: Suppose you study 10 extra minutes a day, 6 days a week. That makes 60 minutes a week, 250 minutes a month and 1500 minutes a half year. In that time, you can’t help but get better at school.
Implementation in reality
Okay, this plan is ambitious. But it is possibly. After all, 10 minutes a day is not the world. The more individually your learning routine is, the better. In the end, only you know how and for how long you can learn best. You can study only math for a week, but you can also take turns with the subjects. You can study 4 days a week instead of 6 days, but then learn for 20 minutes. Many students like to use the weekend to learn more because they need to take some time off during the week. Others do it the other way round. You have to decide that for yourself.
My tip: Some days nothing goes into your head. Listen to your body and stop learning for once. Collect yourself and go into the next day all the more motivated. But this must not end in regularity or carelessness, otherwise your learning plan has missed its goal and the lasting effect is lost.
Some motivation for your learning routine …
If you need some motivation to get started (and we all know that the beginning is the hardest part), I have listed a few advantages of the continuous learning routine:
- No stress before exams. Since you have already learned most of what you need to know in the weeks before, you only need to refresh your knowledge once more.
- A secure feeling in tests. If you have a better command of your knowledge, you can go more calmly into exam situations. This has a positive effect on your performance.
- Better oral participation. Because you understand the material more easily or have already done some preparatory work, you can participate more easily in class, which in turn is reflected in even better grades.
- More free time. Sounds contradictory, but since you only have limited, planned learning time, there is still time for hobbies, which can distract you and make you more successful at school.
- Nothing more than routine. If you follow the learning plan in a disciplined manner, you will eventually become unaware of the daily learning process and therefore no longer perceive it as annoying.