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By the sounds of it, you know what you want but you don't khow how to reach your goal, where to start, or who to go to. Let me tell you my story, and see how we relate. I graduated with a degree in Business Economics and decided I wanted to work with computers. I got a job in an IT support company and after a couple of months I decided that I hated ...


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If you prefer taking notes on paper, there is a very neat way how to organize them in a ruled journal using "tags" In your journal reserve each line of the very last page (which I'll call index page) for a specific tag. Then, add a bold mark on the back side of each page that covers this tag at the same position/height as the line containing the tag on your ...


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Personally, I use to take notes on folder ring bilder, in order to avoid large amount of chaotical and unused paper, notepads, notebooks and so on.. This solution is optimal because you can save paper and organize later your notes collecting them by categories. I also want to be able to quickly reference back to my notes when I need to [...] I use ...


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If you prefer paper for taking notes, a disk-bound notebook such as Circa or Atoma might work for you. That means you can carry a skinny on with dividers with you, with just the amount of pages you need, and at a later point rearrange the pages in that notebook or into other notebooks as you see fit, and throw away the pages that no longer serve you at all.


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If they are truly classical books I think you may be able to find many answers on the internet. That can be as simple as googling book title + question number, or answers + book title or searching for the essential parts of the question text. Since you do not give actual examples I cannot back this up with facts.


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The truth in this is that: when you are facebooking and watching tv you don't really see the time going. The worst is when you don't have a timetable for the day. It is the worst thing because you end up doing nothing, you procrastinate and at the end of the day you tell yourself tomorrow I will do better. First rule I learnt was to make a timetable. Right ...


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There were 3 big rules I remember from the Math department at my uni. if you work reduce your hours - Working even 20 hours a week is a huge time-constraint. Reduce your work-hours Do not fall behind! - Get help , if you are stuck, as soon as you can ! Take good notes, and review after class! My friend made a "cheat sheet" of how to pass a class. He ...


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Pretend to like it. Make it an acting challenge. You'll have to it anyway and if you do, you might as well (pretend to) enjoy it.


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There is an excellent course called "Learning How to Learn". It has helped many people, is free and doesn't take very long to complete(4 weeks).


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Getting focus at home. Your room is likely to be the least convenient place to study. It probably is stuffed with things that can easily become a source of distraction, and - as far as I've understood - you're used to have a great part of your spare time in it. What should you do? Make your personal room a place where you can focus easily, remove the ...


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People will probably give you quick techniques that don't last and I guess since you are going to school this upcoming fall semester I will just give you the long lasting technique that will take you throughout college. Almost every course is difficult once you perceive as difficult. If it is difficult in your head it will be difficult no matter what you do. ...


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Here are a couple of things which come to my mind: Develop a system in order to become a more organized person. I think that note-taking is essential for in-depth study, and in order to maximize note-taking the notes must be retrievable and legible. I think that becoming more organized is something that is achievable to anyone. It won't happen overnight, ...


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Stop doing things that you don't want to be doing. If you don't love your work to the fullest, you'll work to survive and keep doing what you don't like to do. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. If you're good enough (especially in IT), you'll get a great job with great pay anyway. Having said that, I do think you could learn more from a current ...


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You have three choices: Make yourself enjoy it Disregard the fact you don't enjoy it and do it anyway Use the fact you don't enjoy it to your advantage To make yourself enjoy it, I'd say: Engage your curiosity. Change your thinking from "I've got to learn about..." to "I wonder what..." Lie to yourself. Pretend the next part is going to be fun, then do ...


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Try practicing introducing yourself to a friend with whom you feel comfortable. You can use a script, start with "Hello, I'm...." include in your script what ever you consider appropriate, such as what you do, why you are at the event, why you are pleased to meet the person, etc. The key is to practice A LOT. Have your friend respond in various ways. You ...


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What should you do? You should stop thinking you can plan your day perfectly every single time. It's not realistic. Instead of scheduling a set time to do activities, why not schedule a timespan and a set time for a break? So instead of this Study Math 10:00-10:30 Study English 10:30-12:00 Lunch 12:00-1:00 Write Essay 1:00-3:00 Use this 30 Minutes ...


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Some quick suggestions: Accept that you won't ever remember everything from a text. Take notes the first time you read. If the book is yours, mark it up when you read it the first time. Highlight important parts, add bookmarks, marginal notes etc. Find excercises that test your knowledge. Use the contents page / index to see which areas you remember. ...


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The video highlights several monastic practices that can considerably increase personal productivity. Simplicity The monastic life is a life of simplicity. Monks typically little more than the absolute bare necessities, often wearing simple attire, eating basic but healthy meals and living in uncluttered, simple accommodation. Simple living can bring ...


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I took a look at Buddhism and found a lot of stuff this. They have like rules for everything. For example, the Shobogenzo, by medieval master Dogen Zenji, is a book of more than 1000 pages that contains from highly metaphysical essays, to very precise instructions on things like how to cook, open a door or clean your ass. In my opinion what that kind of ...


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With a high workload its critical to stay focused in the limited hours available. Just recently I came across the pomodoro technique. Im still not an expert at all, but try to use it and so far my understanding is to imagine that every start of a week you fill a basket with a number of your own choice with pomodoro/tomatoes. By default 1 pomodoro= 25 ...


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The previous answers are all incredibly comprehensive - I will target my answer at the more systemic issue. That is, to effectively study, you need to get in the habit of studying. There are many approaches you can take to creating habits, but the research (see e.g. B.J. Fogg's Tiny Habits, Robert Maurer's One Small Step...) increasingly points towards ...


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Sorry for the late answer, here are some tips I find useful: Divide your time between work and play: Set some time for studying, and some for other activities. Make sure the time you allot for studying is not large enough to cause fatigue, not small enough to result in negligible productivity and the time allotted to other activities is not large enough to ...


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This can indeed be frustrating. The instructor's guide suggestions are unlikely to help a great deal with classic texts or texts aimed at the graduate student level or higher. The best solution that I have found is to read such texts with 1-3 other people. The discussions that result are most helpful, and not merely for sanity checks of exercise solutions.


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I've been a software engineer for 15 years. Being able to program and design systems is all about recognizing patterns. You learn the fundamentals in school and then you apply the same fundamentals to similar problems. So, what you need to do is start to recognize the patterns. You need to think synthetically, stitching together the bits and pieces you learn ...


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I would suggest you look at OneNote. It is easy to use, accepts handwriting and is available across all devices. I use it for web clipping, notes, writing, planning, etc, It is like my auxiliary brain. And I can access it from anywhere by smart phone, tablet or computer.


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My suggestion is to reserve several pages at the back of your pad (or keep these in a separate notebook). One page for each topic you are taking notes in. Title each index page and whenever you take notes in that topic note the page number(s) and a one line summary on the index page. Number pages as you progress through the notebook, and if you need or ...


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I would recommend you to use Evernote tool. They have browser plugins, android and iOS apps too. You can create notebooks and keep your notes organized and access them anywhere. Its searchable too which makes your knowledge discovery easy. Also try adding color tags to the notes in ever note to easily identify your interest areas.. Hope this answer helped ...


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As mentioned, pomedoro is a great tool for some tasks, however I agree that coding and some other tasks requre a higher zone out to fully dive into the subject. In your case pomodoro is nothing more than a tool that helps you not to overload with your tasks. I want to suggest you not to focus on the tools but focus more on the book that you are reading as ...


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Personally, I let the context decide whether I go for the break immediately or keep working for a little bit longer. One of the main advantages of the Pomodoro technique is that it tempers your enthusiasm. A flow state is like a chain reaction, very powerful, but if you let it run its course it'll burn up all your energy, and then you won't get back into ...



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