This post is all about creating smart habits that will help you develop yourself in the study of intellectual assets. Following this (and future how-to posts) will train you to supplement what you learn in class with real world examples. By staying on top of the news (blogs, books, and periodicals in the Knowledge tab) and on top of the job hunt (Careers tab), you prevent that dreaded point in the semester where a student inevitably freaks out and hurts themselves down the road. Just remember: YOU are above average because YOU read (and followed) this blog. But you do not become above-average overnight. This week is not about the news and the job hunt, but rather, building a base on which you do not freak out.
School is a blessing, because this is the only time where people expect you to read and not be working all the time. No one expects you to be searching for a job the whole time either. But there is the expectation that you are, in fact, getting an education. This includes educating yourself. Telling you to read your homework assignments and pay attention in class would be a waste of a blog post. Nevertheless, some of us benefit from taking copious notes to pay attention in class and then try to whittle them down later, whereas others do just as well by turning the wi-fi off on their laptops. This post suggests that you begin the habit of setting out thirty minutes to review your class notes, no more than thirty minutes per class per week. For example, If you normally do your homework on Sundays, set out time on Friday to review the previous week’s notes.
- Do it before you leave school if you review on Friday, so you do not make it easy for yourself to skip this step when you get home. You also have the option of reviewing your notes in the set time and then jumping straight into your homework and getting it done.
- Also, do not try to review for more than thirty minutes, as no one expects you to understand everything perfectly in your first attempt. There will be time for that later in the semester, but for early on, just flag what you do not understand and try to summarize the things you do.
- Lastly, DO NOT start your homework before completing your review per class, as that again will make it incredibly easy to skip the review sessions altogether. Until finals that is, which is when you will inevitably freak out.
These three steps will help you AVOID freak out. Freak outs are lessened when you change your actions over time.