When we look at a text, we often see an engaging narrative spinning a cobweb of intrigue and plot. That is a sensible approach to enjoying a book. But when the essay is due at 7:30am the next day and it’s already almost 9pm, sensible won’t cut it! Here’s my system for approaching a paper, straight from a recent graduate’s experience.
Here at the Wisdom of Learning Blog, we strive to help students improve their academic performance, confidence and joy of learning. We are starting a new series focused on specific “essential” learning skills. If you happen to be a friend or family member of a student who wants better grades and test scores or seems to “underperform” or “under enjoy” in school, you may want to pass on the link to this page!
Over two decades of developing award-winning study and stress reduction programs taught us many important lessons about helping people overcome anxiety and improve academic, testing and work success. We’d like to share with you the three we find most important.
“My mind is going blank; I can’t remember anything; I will fail this test” – this is how anxiety feels when trying to study for or take an exam. These thoughts create an echo-chamber in our head and can quickly overwhelm us, making learning and remembering difficult. But the good news is, that’s all they are – just thoughts. Imagine entering a classroom with a peace of mind fully trusting your study techniques, filling out the answer sheets without double-guessing yourself, and leaving the classroom with complete confidence you did great! Yes, confidence can be learned!