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5 Things That Will Make You Productive During School Holidays

5 Things That Will Make You Productive During School Holidays

It’s the beginning of the summer holidays and, for some, the end of exams for a long while to come. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything productive to do during these school holidays! 

Now is not the time to get complacent! 

Conversely, by taking the gift of time as an opportunity to get ahead can be a game-changer. (Remember, too, that you can apply the principles in this article to any school break, not just the summer.) 

Do you not believe me? 

To demonstrate my point, merely look at all of the idiots who choose to spend their school holidays unproductively; you’ll find most people can’t get their priorities straight and thus don’t make progress in life. They may: 

  • Play video games all day long 
  • Take a full-on holiday away in a foreign country or some resort 
  • Socialise — excessively 

On the other side of things, you want to spend your holidays productively as a student — you’re ambitious. (Or, at least, I hope you have big dreams in your life if you’re reading this.) 

Anyway, as you can see, the competition is small. Therefore, it is very possible for you to achieve great things in your spare time. 

That is, as long as you are willing to put in the hard work and make sacrifices others aren’t willing to make. 

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Should You Sleep or Study All Night? You’ll Hate the Truth

Should You Sleep or Study All Night? You’ll Hate the Truth

We’ve all been there: the anxiety kicks in the day prior to a rather frightening examination. And now you’re asking yourself, should I sleep or study all night?

Perhaps it isn’t even a particularly threatening exam, but you simply feel obliged to cram in the facts.

However, this is not necessarily the way to go. Further into this article, I’ll soon show you this with a brief story of my experience.

Staying up late and studying is, in fact, the perfect recipe for academic failure.

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Are You Ill-Prepared for Exams? Read This Quickly

Are You Ill-Prepared for Exams? Read This Quickly

Indeed, it is that time of year again when the strike of a gong will soon commence the commonly dreaded: exam season.

During this difficult time, you may find yourself spending countless hours studying without ceasing. Cramming before exam-ing, so they say (?)

Undoubtedly, this might be a nightmarishly hard time of the year due to your burning obsession to succeed. What’s more, this is especially true when given that you haven’t done as much revision in advance as you should have.

However, today I’m going to share with you a few key last-minute exam revision tips; these will help you use your time as effectively as time permits to cram those facts in your head!

The Fundamental Building Blocks of Effective Study

Now, let us establish that merely reading over information is—by far—a disappointingly inefficient learning strategy. After reading a 400-page textbook in one day, are you going to be able to memorise every little fact in it?

Evidently not, because learning is undeniably a more sophisticated process than that. Otherwise, everybody would be a professional learner!

So, what is the most efficient way to cram facts into your skull?

Last-minute exam revision involves cramming knowledge into your brain like it's a computer

Active recall and spatial repetition.

Saving you time whilst forcing your brain to learn, these two principles allow you to use your time optimally.

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Why Is Time Management Important for Students?

Why Is Time Management Important for Students?

Effective Revision Techniques Are Not Enough

Poor people value money. Successful people value time.

Time management is important for students because you cannot have academic and career success without investing your time. What’s more, merely putting in the time will not suffice—you must learn to manage your time wisely.

But why? The immense importance of time management for students makes it an essential skill for any ambitious student.

Despite this, schools rarely ever provide solid and sane advice with regards to time management. Rubbish!

All they say is:

“Create a revision timetable and you’ll be fine!”

“Spend two hours each night revising”

“Motivate yourself—revise for twenty minutes then take a ten-minute break”

Oh, and then you’ll have to somehow find a way to factor in homework. Not to mention, the advice you’ve been given in the educational system is—most likely—vague and ambiguous.

You’re better than this.

As a result of following all of the wrong advice, you might just end up as an academic robot.

Not only is this so impractical that it will destroy you, but academia is not everything; there’s more to life than good grades and being trapped in dull 9-to-5 jobs. (We’ll speak more about this later.)

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