Study Techniques that I used — Part 2 – Ayyub Imtiaz

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My goal with this post is not necessarily to tell you which resources are good and which ones aren’t, what exact study methods to use, how to use them, how many hours you should spend studying, how many reviews of the note you should do, etc. I’m going to leave that for you to figure out for yourself. What works for me may not to work for you. However, there are some things that can be beneficial for a lot of people, and that is my goal; to share. I have broken these study techniques and tips into two different parts. One is on ‘subconscious reprogramming’ and the other is on actual habits that you can carry out.

This post will be talking about habits, whereas the previous post talked about subconscious reprogramming techniques.

One of the best ways to study is to keep yourself accountable. Many times, there have been days at which I haven’t done what I was supposed to do or I haven’t been working very hard. And my friends have been accommodating and tried to be ‘understanding’. It’s one thing to be understanding me. Fine, if I’m in a place of actual distress, something’s happening in my family, I’m not feeling well, then yes I can understand your concern. But if I come and I just complained for the sake of complaining and say I don’t feel like studying today, then I need my friends to step up and actually hold me accountable.

Have a group of 2–3 study buddies. Let them know what you’re trying to accomplish had that week or the next two weeks. Check in with them every now and again. Hold them accountable and they should hold you accountable. And with that you’re more inclined to actually do your work because you know you have something to lose.

With the accountability system, use a good reward (or punishment if that works for you) program to maximize motivation.

A personal example: I’m studying for my external exams at the moment, and to motivate me to study hard, I promised myself a Nintendo Switch if I manage to do good in the exam. To keep me on track during the day/weekly studying, I have set up an accountability system with some friends I trust. I log in with them weekly to update them on the schedule I made for myself and the progress I am making towards my goals.

If there is one main thing that I think I have really come to understand throughout all these past years of education is that productivity should be treated as a marathon not as a sprint. I sprinted a lot in medical school. I did things with extreme intensity for a short amount of time and then I would stop saying “I needed to take a break”. It’s exactly like sprinting; you go really fast at one point, but you need just as much amount of time afterwards to catch your breath again. Productivity is a marathon. You’re going to take it slow and keep going for the long haul.

So what does this mean? Does this mean studying a little bit every day? It could, but it also means taking care of yourself as a whole person. It means eating right, exercising well, sleeping well, making sure you get enough play.

Exercising and sleeping are technically part of your studying too. Exercising and sleeping both work on helping memory and retaining information. I personally think caffeine use is a big problem nowadays, so I recommend cutting down the amount of daily coffee intake.

I have had years in which I have done everything well and I’ve had years where I have eaten like pig and barely exercised at all. Not only am I dealing with the consequences of those now by being overweight, I realized the years in which I have exercised well and did everything properly are the years I remember things a lot better from.

Part of the “Advice from a Procrastinator” series.

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