How to Plan Your Study - NOUN GUIDE

How to Plan Your Study

Studying your books simply complements and justifies the reason you are called a student in the academic terrain.

As a student of the National Open University of Nigeria who lacks some advantages in contrast to the conventional universities, it can be said that "you are only deceiving yourself" if you don't study your course materials which serve as lectures. 

Having passed through the institution I can confirm to you that the school requires more from you in the area of study than any other regular institution would. You have to study hard to make it through here.

Below are some guides on how you can plan your studies.

Map Out Your Study Space

As a student, you should have a dedicated space and furniture for your daily studies. It does not matter your type of apartment even if you stay in a "room face me and face you" just map out a place and dedicate it for studying your books be it behind your door, a space in the yard or in the corridor of your apartment just dedicate a particular space for study.

Procure your personal reading furniture

Acquire your PERSONAL table, chair, and lamp for your reading. Do not use the general ones. If there is no extra table, chair, or lamp at home that you can make personal then buy new ones. All these are to have you organized, and avoid distractions or delays whenever you are studying or ready to study. It also enhances your seriousness.

Device a reading timetable

The human mind can be weary easily when confronted with too many options. If you don't have a timetable you are bound to be overwhelmed with confusion whenever you want to study. And you may end up not reading any book at the end. To avoid this device and STICK to your time table.

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Get a jotting note for each Course

It can be said that if you are studying without jotting is like efforts in futility. This is because course materials are not like novels or storybooks that have a particular topic or theme. Do yourself a favour by getting a notebook for each course. Your jottings are what you will later consult for revision during exams. Just make sure you jot well.

One thing I have noticed is that jotting during the study also increases your writing skills and further equips your vocabulary arsenal. You may not know initially but it will tell in your conversations and writings later on.

Plan and stick with your time.

I think this is one of the most important points. First, you need to analyze your daily routine before you decide your time frame and STICK to it. If you are working, do yourself a favour by being sincere to yourself about time management. If you work let say from 8 am to 4 or 5 pm, I suggest you read very early in the morning. I mean between 5 and 7 am. All you need is to make the alarm your friend and always go to bed on time.

You know why? Because at this time your brain will be full of energy and eager to receive. That is just a recommendation, plan and stick with the time that is convenient for you. Above all set and stick with specific hours that you are going to spend during your studies.   I recommend at least 2  and most 4 hours every day.

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Include the Good Study Guide in Your Time Table

Always include the above-named book in your reading timetable. Just as its name depicts it is a guide through your studies, not just an ordinary book. I am an advocate of the removal of this invaluable book from courses. By so doing students will stop seeing it as a mere course in their first semester especially the undergraduates. The book is full of tips and guides that will benefit any level of the student. 

Always attempt one or two questions at the end of your studies.
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One thing about the ego is the avoidance of inconveniences, this is innate not learned. In our default state, we tend to do away with what we consider difficult without trying but we can actually alter this state by attempting that which we consider cumbersome.

One way to make what you have learned or studied stick is to attempt some of the questions at the end of each unit. Do not let the questions scare you but rather act as if you are in the exam hall and faced with the questions. By so doing you are actually arousing your hidden potentials indirectly.

It may be difficult at the beginning but as time goes on you will definitely master it provided you are consistent.

By the time you master it, exams will no longer sound like a death sentence and you would have become self-sufficient in your academics. 

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