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Try to make your promises more realistic. Saying you will NEVER waste time isn't going to happen. Instead give yourself a time budget for fun things. Like you will limit yourself to one movie a week. You will limit your internet time to X per day. Etc. You can also come up with a way to reward yourself. For example, you can watch a movie after you ...


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If you are already doing 15 h a day of work, I’d agree that you shouldn’t be doing more, and like the other responders, would add that you might benefit from less, if you can make it more effective. Find a way to track the results of your study habits. I usually just do this mentally. As I do any work that is rated or graded, I think about how I prepared, ...


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It is generally agreed that while 70+ hour weeks can be productive in the short term they actually rapidly lead to a dramatic drop off in productivity, such that you would be better off dropping back down to 45 hours or thereabouts. I know long hours can be enjoyable and some cultures push you hard like this, but are you focusing on time rather than output ...


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I agree with both Jeanne Boyarsky's answer and matthewp's answer but I would just like to add the following: Make your promises more precise. For example you say "I will dedicate to my study for a long time" which is rather vague. How much is a long time? It will work better if you quantify it and say for example "At college I will visit all lectures for ...


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Reading the lecture materials before going to class is a good practice. If you find it taking too much of your time, then you may want to set a specific amount of time for it. Do not aim for understanding most of what the lecturer would cover, otherwise there is not much point attending lectures, but use the set time to get a feel of what the lecture would ...


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Chances are that some of your fellow students have understood more than you, and sometimes it's the opposite way around. Therefore it's very effective to form study groups in which you discuss the material together. The probability of everyone failing to understand a concept is usually low.


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I used to have the same problem, you generally break your promise to do something because it's either boring or not very rewarding. So, if you continue doing the thing, in the end it gets you stressed and you want to go back to your comforts again. Here are some things that helped me stay in focus. step 1- You need to find the right reason, like, why am ...


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For me it's always been about figuring out how to replace the things I am taking out of my life....not just taking things out. For instance, "Never waste time with stupid friends" - anytime this seems like it might happen, have a plan for what you'll do....like "call another friend", or study, or something/anything. It's hard to just stop doing something ...


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I suggest you to keep an agenda on paper where you record in 15 or 30 minutes increments how you are using your time. Use a timer to remind yourself to document what you did. After about two weeks, analyse your output and see how you are using and applying your time. You will certainly discover things to improve, time sink. Working on your work pattern and ...


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I think the appealing aspect of Call of Duty and other multi-player games is the real-time competition with other players. When I was a university student and there were topics I didn't like too much, I found studying in group, with people better than me at a certain subject, very performing. This has always encouraged me to study more in detail and not ...


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That's completely normal. I might be wrong but to attain a degree, the volume of information that you cover is far more than you can hope to remember. The aim behind covering a lot of courses is to develop an understanding of the tools you have available as you move ahead in your field, not to memorize every esoteric technique covered. In a typical CS ...


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One of the tips my counselor told me is to "do it for 10 minutes long". and then try keeping that 10 mins undistracted. At the end, you have an option to go on, or go do something else. as long as you started that 10 minutes. Usually, people find themselves getting a hang of the task after 10 minutes, which allow themselves to dive in further. My roommate ...


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Find a test taking book. It usually has strategies to help you avoid "traps" in the test. For example, may questions may give you 2 points. But one of them may take 10 minutes, while another one takes only 2. Do the 2 minute question FIRST, then do the 10 minute one later if you have time. This is just one of many tricks for increasing your score. Another ...


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One of the most important things to do before an important exam is to make sure you are well rested. We often get caught up in trying to get so many things done we neglect one of our most basic needs – sleep. I would also do something that normally raises your self-confidence: look at previous accomplishments, take note of how far you have come since you ...


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There's 24 hours in a day. Suppose sleeping and other hygiene tasks take up 8 hours. This leaves you with 16 hours. If 12 are spent working and 2 are spent commuting (rounding up a bit), that leaves you with 2 hours of free time a day. Which is likely used for exercising, life chores, etc. This leaves you with three choices: Work less hours. I agree ...


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I went to law school 40 years ago, long before laptops and other portable keyboarding devices. Among my classmates there were a variety of methods of keeping track of lecture material. We actually discussed among ourselves the various methods and whether one was better than another for retaining a large amount of material. It seems to be individual, based ...


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How Memory Works The problem is generally not that the concepts have been deleted from your brain, but rather that you are having trouble recalling them. Imagine an enormous room full of filing cabinets full of index cards. All the information you ever learned is on those cards somewhere. The problem is finding it. Now, our memories are designed so that we ...


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First of all, start earlier if you can. You should be reading ahead of your lectures. I think your strategy is reversed. I would make sure that I memorize the terms as early as possible. Then I would take the time to imagine and explore. Memorizing terms and facts gives you more confidence in your imagination and you may notice additional venues for your ...


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That sounds like depression. Maybe look at it like an illness or ailment and find a doctor or a support group. Or get outside and get some sunshine and some exercise. Do something do anything. Once you start doing one thing, you'll want to do more (see tips section). I'm not saying "snap out of it". I'm saying recognize what it is and find a way to help ...


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In all of the studying I do, I have found that being able to take breaks whenever I want to can be detrimental. Although a 5-10 minute break every hour doesn't seem bad, you may not be breaking enough. I'd definitely recommend the Pomodoro Technique.


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Many would consider me an incredibly productive person: I hold a regular 9-5, participate in life until 8, and work on coding/personal projects from 8-midnight. I don’t sit down at my desk to work on my personal projects every night because I feel incredibly motivated. I do it mostly out of habit. Although, having motivation can definitely help with trying ...


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Think visually: Textual information, theoretical subjects, and thick books always make me sleep. So I makes diagram, mindmaps usually. So I can remember them for a long time with good efficiency. Relax mind: if your mind is not relaxed enough, your productivity will be decreased. So sleep for 6-7 hours, or may be 8 hours for you. Try to wake up early in ...


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I searched for "note taking by hand vs computer memory". Of the first three hits there were mixed results: This paper says there was more retention by typing. It's an interesting paper because it examines the differences between notetaking when reading a textbook vs when in a lecture. PBS says paper is better as does this article.


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Listen to your body. If 45 minutes is your limit, chop your calendar in 45 minutes time increments. Allow some time (10-15 minutes at most) for some distraction/recovery time in between sessions. As noted in the comment above, check out the questions/answers on Pomodoro technique. After a couple of days of such regimen, review your accomplishments and ...


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There are two things I've figured after many years of struggling with this same thing: Sleep, there is simply nothing more important. Diet, focus, mood, decision-making - everything is much better when you get enough decent sleep. I hate writing that, though, as even as I do I am thinking "How can I get the same results while sleeping less?" - but after ...


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Remembering things can be challenging. An effective counter is to keep notes, and review and revise periodically. Notes could be kept in most any format or system, but I've lately been using Evernote. With notebooks, tags, and searchability, notes can easily be organized and classified, and sought out again as needed. If I realize the need for a new topic, I ...


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I found myself much easier to organize on "offline" life if my "mobile, facebook, game, forums, etc etc" completely turned off for some period of time. For example, I'm leaving my cellphone charging in "plane mode" overnight in the different room. If you have planed time for study, just leave computer and smartphone turned off and don't touch it until you ...


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Obvious advice - pick one or two interests of the lot and stick with those. But, that's not the answer you're looking for. First, as you said, many of the fields you're interested in are very vast and to be good at each of them requires many months, years of hard work. If you want to become good at all of them, it stacks up. Now, take change into account. ...


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Speaking only about math as an amateur mathematician myself I have to tell you it is very hard to set deadlines. The reason is the fact that math is such an abstract field, one day you can be doing 10 pages an hour, and on other days you can't manage a page in a day. My best advice when learning math and studying is following: Know the definitions. For ...



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