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when to study

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by salv236, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. salv236

    salv236 Nibble Poster

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    Hello,

    maybe members can share with me their advice on this, i have been struggling a lot with the way i am studying, this is possibly due to demotivation, what i have noticed is when returning back to work i attempt to study but am unable to focus due to the heavy day that i experience and unpleasant working environment that i work in.

    I decided to just study on weekends and set a goal i.e. saturday i do this chapter, sunday i do this chapter. Of course i would have to use my judgement on how realistic the goals are.

    Thanks for your advice.

    Best Regards

    Salv236
     
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  2. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    I'd advise trying to do a little each day, you learn better with constant reinforcement. I find it best to "force" myself to study for at least 15 minutes a day. If I find I still can't concentrate after 15 mins I give up but mostly I find myself doing an hour or more.
     
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  3. LukeP

    LukeP Gigabyte Poster

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    I would also advise to try to study every day but try changing study methods.

    I mix:
    - books
    - CBT videos
    - Technet
    - Wikipedia (for general concepts)
    - PowerPoint presentations (ones I can get free online) on products I am studying for.
    - Blogs
    - Hands on where possible

    It seems a lot easier this way.
     
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  4. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    I find that im more motivated when studying at work...... happy in the knowledge that im getting paid for it!
    that also goes for using the toilet facilities :twisted:

    Other than that slowly but surely! 30 mins a day as a minimum during weekdays! I left a study book in the car, and completed this in about 2 months just by picking it up when waiting around (left house keys at home/waiting in traffic/waiting for car park/ waiting when picking people up etc), Its also easier if you think of it as a way of life and something you do in your day-to-day routine, sometimes I study first thing in the morn then im happy in the knowledge that I got it out of the way and can get on with things! at the end of the day you got to find something that works for you!
     
  5. Finkenstein

    Finkenstein Kilobyte Poster

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    I am usually the first one from my department in the office each day, so I'll usually try to study for 30-60 minutes when I first come in. I also try to study through some of my lunch. I figure I'm at work, so I may as well make the best of my time all the way around.
     
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  6. salv236

    salv236 Nibble Poster

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    The situation im faced with is when i return to work sometimes i cannot switch off from work due to worry for the next day.

    At home what i use is vmware & mspress books, i electronically make notes as i go along, when i do the labs i capture video.

    Studying at work would probably not be an option as the i work in a hostile environment.

    I tried to do 2 hours per day during the week but unable to get motivated or concentrate.

    I may try to start work early and leave earlier, cook, shower washup, sleep for 2 hours then study for 2 hours.

    I will also try to combine the study style mentioned for a weekend schedule.

    Not everyone can study the same way, a formula may work for one person but not for the other.

    hopefully this will work
     
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  7. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    Give up social life and sleep and you will get there in the end! 8)
     
  8. 1/4

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    I use Anki.

    It's a flash card program that lets you review whatever cards you put into it. It uses a spaced repetition learning system which is a fancy way of saying it keeps the stuff you struggle with at the top of the deck and the stuff you know easily at the bottom.

    I have used it for years for all sorts of things. University degree went by on easy mode with it.

    It's free and open source as well.

    Kind regards

    1/4
     
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  9. root

    root New Member

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    I have similar problems, I believe finding time to study is a hassle, when really; it's not.

    At the moment, computing has been a hobby for me for years and I'm forever learning each day, at least a little. Reading by the book is a great way of studying - but obviously not the only, so don't feel bad if you're not getting 30 minutes of booktime in, if you're reading blogs, skimming the net, even if a IT related thought is passing your mind - I consider this studying, or at least, being academically active.

    I have spells where I can read for hours on end and I always feel a sense of acheivement after it - but this reading rarely happens. I usually pick up a book and read it until something else captures my attention (which isn't long). I hate the idea that qualifications have to be 'from the book' studying as I feel I've gained a sound knowledge of some subjects before reading books on them.

    As long as you have no upcoming deadlines, I think building a routine around a time that suits you is essential. You should try to get into your head that when the working day is over, your leisure/studying day has begun. Cramming studying into times where you're pressured or in a hostile environment is no use. Finish work off, have a nice relaxing shower/bath, grab a coffee or beverage of choice and hit your designated study area. Once you've made a comfortable environment in which to study, as well as a dedicated un-interrupted timeframe, you'll find your inner intellectual and hit the material harder than before :D
     
  10. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Everyone has varying lifestyles and time obviously can differ in this regards. I would study a lot more on a Saturday and then again depending on other commitments if time permits would study in the evening for one to two hours etc.

    Best wishes as really only you can work out which is the best way and time to study. Cheerio:)
     
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  11. GSteer

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    I take public transport to work and back, that allows a good 20mins each way of reading, but most people don't have this, er, pleasure (sniff cough, yes pleasure indeed).

    Apart from that I take a break once home from work, know that I'm always "off" from thinking of work/studying until 7-8pm and then get an hour in after that, if you can't concentrate then it' won't sink it so do something else at that point.

    The one thing that made a big difference to me, sleep. Going from 8 hours a night to 9 felt like I was losing time but in reality since I'm not tired I get more productive time.
     
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  12. soundian

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    I see you recommended a dictionary for a txter. Begone to the dictionary and don't come back until you understand that "loose" is not a verb.

    This reprimand was brought to you by the People Who live in Glass Houses Foundation:D
     
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  13. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    Soundly thrashed and rectified - now I'd best go have another hours kip ;-p
     
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