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10 Tricks to Focus On Studying

10 Tricks to Focus On Studying

Many students struggle to focus on studying- and who can blame them? Of course Facebook or their dog is more interesting than the work in front of them! The problem doesn’t lie in finding the work uninteresting, but rather knowing how to focus even if […]

12 Study Habits That Will Boost Your Grades

12 Study Habits That Will Boost Your Grades

Have you ever heard the quote “We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit”? Well when it comes to studying and getting good grades, it cannot be more true! Studying well for one or two days is not going […]

Finding Your Path- Book Review

Finding Your Path- Book Review

Throughout my schooling years, I felt as though everyone around me knew exactly what they wanted to do after school- study to be a doctor, a dentist or an engineer. To say the least, I felt very very stressed because I had no idea what I wanted to do. How could I? I hadn’t ever experienced any of these jobs so how could I just pick one to do for the rest of my life?

I did heaps of online career quizzes, met with career counsellors and spoke to friends and family. Not one of these things helped to give me a clear vision of what I wanted to do after school.

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If I had some good advice to guide me through this time, it would have been a lot less stressful. Amba Brown recently sent me a copy of her book “Finding Your Path: A Guide to Life and Happiness”. It aims to assist students in deciding what they want to do after graduating. Had I read it when I was in high school, life both in and after school would have probably been much less stressful for me.

“Finding Your Path” is a wonderful resource to turn to if you are unsure about what to do after school. The book itself is engaging and easy to read, with diagrams, illustrations and quotes scattered throughout the book. It is easily one of the most aesthetic books I’ve had my hands on! Amba does a wonderful job at exploring many different routes to take after school- from travelling to further study to working.

“Finding Your Path” is great at putting the world after school into perspective. It helps you to realise things that many people only realise long after they’ve finished school. You’ll learn that it’s okay to try different things and still not know what you want to do. You’ll learn that their are more options than you might have thought. And you’ll learn that there are many others struggling with the same things you are and that most students really don’t know what to do after school.

 

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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is unsure about what to do after school. I found it to be super relatable – Amba has been through what many of us are going through and wrote a book on how to tackle this difficult transition from school to adulthood.

It teaches you to trust yourself enough to create your own path after school- not follow anyone else’s. Amba provides unbiased advice and information so that you can make the best decision for yourself!

Thanks for some great advice Amba!

You can buy the book on Amba’s website!

 

Student goal setting- Setting goals you’ll actually achieve

Student goal setting- Setting goals you’ll actually achieve

With the new year upon us, it’s a great time to start setting some academic goals that you can and will actually achieve! Often, we hear about how important goal setting is, but have no idea how to get the most out of it. Other […]

Gifts for the stationery addict in your life

Gifts for the stationery addict in your life

We all have a stationery addict in our lives- you can identify them by looking for the person with 5 pencil cases and smelly highlighters. Buying gifts for stationery addicts can be a challenge- they already seem to own all the stationery in existence! Don’t […]

How to avoid doing your assignment the night before

How to avoid doing your assignment the night before

Procrastination. Reading this word alone brings on feelings of guilt. Memories are brought up of the too many times I left an assignment to the night before. Overestimating my ability to nut out a 2000 word essay in 24 hours. The feat would always be followed with a moment of handing it in thinking, “if only I had a few more days – I could’ve done ok”. After all, anything would’ve been better than a 24-hour attempt!

 

Let’s not lie. I’m not only guilty of this at university. I can think of many examples of parking my productivity for whatever reason I found at the time. Whether I should’ve been writing, working or doing something as simple as sending out a single email. But why?

 

What makes us procrastinate and how can we overcome it?

 

Here are the insights I wish I knew in school (and still need to work on today):

What is procrastination?

Google tells us it’s “the action of delaying or postponing something.” Fair enough, we’ve all been there.

 

Why do we do it? 

Mostly, it’s a task that we’re not that excited about. Other times we might delay doing something because we don’t have the confidence or the skill level that we expect of ourselves to sit down and get it done effortlessly. Usually a little more energy, whether it be emotional or technical, is required on these tasks.

 

We make up excuses for why we should be doing other things before doing the task at hand. Whether the other things we do are productive or not is up to the individual procrastinator.

 

High guilt procrastinators might decide to clean their house, while the complete avoidant procrastinator will put the task completely out of their mind and get on with their day as if it doesn’t even exist! It’s actually quite fascinating when you break it down. The human phenomenon of avoiding doing something that we know is in our best interest to get started, and something we need to get done.

 

Tim Urban takes us even further inside the mind of the procrastinator in his awesome Ted talk below, (my favourite piece on this topic).

 

So, what are 3 ways we can overcome procrastination?

 

1. Change the way you look at it.

When you notice you’re procrastinating on a certain task, stop. Take the weight off. This isn’t the biggest task in the world, and it surely doesn’t deserve all the anxiety its being given. Even if it is a large task – it can always be broken down and completed. Most importantly, your first step must be to shift your mind set from “How am I ever going to do it?” to “I can get this done”.

 

2. Make a plan.

Next, write down your plan. A realistic and manageable way that you can get the task done. Be specific and include when, where and how you’ll do it. Write it somewhere you can it pick up and look at each day.

 

3. Hold yourself accountable.  

It’s all very well and good to have these great intentions, but how do we ensure we’ll follow through? My tip – tell someone else. Find a buddy to tell when you’ll have the task done by (either certain parts of the task or the whole thing if it’s smaller) and let them know when you’ve completed it.

If you’re more of a solo task setter – you can always create your own reward that you’ll be allowed once the task is complete. For example, once I finish the introduction for my essay I can check my phone, and once I finish the whole essay I can catch up with friends. Whatever the driver is that you find to keep motivated and to just get the thing….. done.

 

Happy non-procrastinating! (If that’s a thing…)


Author

Amba is an Australian author, and writer of Finding Your Path Books, a happiness series for youth transitions. She has also spoken at TEDx on supporting students through graduation and beyond. Follow Amba on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Minimalist desk- Examples to perfect the look

Minimalist desk- Examples to perfect the look

I love minimalism- from my wardrobe to my bedroom to my study space. Minimalism, by definition is a style that is characterised by extreme simplicity. Having a minimalist desk can really help eliminate distractions and  help you concentrate on your study. Here are just a […]

Improving Metacognition- Knowing what you know

Improving Metacognition- Knowing what you know

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Books on my Radar

Books on my Radar

In the middle of high school, I began reading non stop. It was the perfect way to get away from the pressures of everyday life and get into someone else’s ideas and stories. I’m mostly a fiction kinda girl, but non fiction books ca be the most interesting some times! Here are a few books I’m hoping to get my hands on ASAP:

 

Milk and Honey

 

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While I am not the biggest fan of poetry, I have a hunch that this is the book that will change that. I have heard so many good things about Milk and Honey and am dying to get my hands on it. Essentially, it’s a book filled with poetry about survival split up into 4 chapters, each dealing with a different topic. It deals with the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. Topics everyone could benefit from exploring!

All the Bright Places

 

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Okay I’m not going to lie to you guys and say that I haven’t read this book, but I’d happily read it again! This story by Jennifer Niven (I love her) follows a suicidal Theodore Finch. I think that everyone can learn something from this book, whether it be how people with metal illnesses may feel, how others react to it or how it effects people when a loved one passes away. All the Bright Places is definitely one of top 5 books!

 

Wonder

 

Wonder

I recently saw the trailer for this movie- it reminded me to read the book first! I absolutely can never ever watch the movie and then read the book! I heard about this book a while ago, but have always forgotten to order it. I’m sure we’ll all learn something about accepting everyone as friends regardless of their physical appearance. Get This one before the movie spoils it!!

 

If There’s No Tomorrow

 

If there's no tomorrow

 

The blurb of this book alone was enough to convince me that I need it! In todays fast paced world with so many opportunities, it’s easy to say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. I think we all do that sometimes and this book will be a great reminder to live in the now!

 

We Should All Be Feminists

 

We should all be feminists

 

Okay I saw the TEDx talk that this book was based on and loved it!  Chimamanda brilliantly explains feminism in a modern context and all the misconceptions surrounding it. She talks about the little things that women experience but men don’t notice. If you want to get a taste of the book, I highly suggest you watch this Ted talk and if you like it, get the book!

 

 

 

 

5 ways to learn more about yourself

5 ways to learn more about yourself

When I was in high school, I focussed on my grades ALL THE TIME. Yes, I hung out with friends and went on holiday, etc, etc, but I never really put in any effort into understanding myself and knowing what I really enjoy doing. This […]