Hey guys, I’m going to be writing a guest article for this month and I’m so excited to do it because I have been watching Rose’s videos and posts on Instagram for a very long time (I’m a huge fan of Ways To Study) and this is such a good opportunity to talk about how her tips has been working on my daily study sessions.
My name is Samuel and I’m Chilean. Chile is a Latin-American country located at the south of this region and currently I’m studying Political Science so I’ll be talking about how I discovered Ways To Study and how is my experience studying this career. When I was in high school, I remember a day where I was struggling with the exam period and I was like kind of lacking a motivational mood I would say… procrastinating. So I was checking Instagram and then I found a random picture of somebody’s desk with some really organized notes and all of that studyblr aesthetic caught me out. Then quickly I went to check the account to give some likes to her aesthetically pleasant pictures when suddenly I figured out that she had a YouTube channel and then I didn’t stop to watch her videos until I finished all of them and that was more entertainment than preparing lectures or summarizing for my exam period.
Since that day, I started to follow her tips and methods to study in order to get my work done, being more productive and also to find a career to study in the future (because I was struggling with which university I would apply for and the most dramatic question: what I was going to do in the future) but when I watched her vlogs talking about how she decided to study Law and not mattering the difficulties that could have, that made me feel capable to face my fears too. So, I decided to find careers related to what I wanted to study and the area where I would like to develop in the future and that’s how I figured out what I wanted to study, which is International Relationships but first, I needed a career so I found Politic Science. This career offers a very good kit of tools to manage different topics into the public administration area but this career in specific has a special interest into the investigation of the politics issues at different countries (mostly the Latin-American countries) and how certain decisions affects the different types of powers within the governments but there are a lot of areas that you can develop after finishing Politic Science. For example all of my courses that I’m following this semester are related to the Politic concept and how science enter at this field throughout the scientific method.
Now, I’m going to be talking about how the WaysToStudy’s tips have been helping my daily study sessions. First of all, you have to settle down goals because without them you can’t find motivation and then you’ll be procrastinating and just scrolling throughout social media (Instagram or Tumblr) and not getting done the work that you have to do. After setting goals you have to plan, and there’s a lot of ways to do it. In my case, I use a planner like Rose does, writing down the tasks that I’ll be doing during the day (and yes, you have to be realistic and also to prioritize the tasks that you’re going to do throughout the day). And if this is the first time that you’re planning I recommend you to start with short tasks so you can feel that tiny victory when you complete all of your tasks of that list. Then, try a way to study that could bring you satisfaction in terms of studying on time and working efficiently and a good way to do it is planning every day so you can see your progress. Another key tip that I figured out as a university student is to be disciplined, and sometimes this could a little bit hard when you have a lot things to do and the only thing that you want to do is to lay in your bed and watch Netflix but a really good tip for it is to putting your phone in airplane mode or simply just turning off the Wi-Fi and always keeping in mind that you have to get done the tasks in your planner.
The most important about studying is to understand and learn even more than to just passing the exams so if you use this method and you failed don’t feel stressed about it because failing in a test or an exam is learning too and you have to understand that the method that you used didn’t worked so go ahead and find other method to study but always keeping in mind that you have to prepare for the exams with anticipation and that could a week before or even a month. It will depend on how complicated is the topic or how much time you need to study and make your summaries.
Currently my main ambition right now is to learn and not just to get high scores at the tests because, when you are in university, everything is different and you have to get used to a lot of things that you didn’t have to worry about when you were younger. I’m so happy that I could found this community which brings me a lot of motivation, inspiration and different ways to organize my study sessions and how to manage my time in order to get my work done efficiently and on time so developing these habits not just helps to fix the way you study but helps you to dominate yourself and to stay disciplined so you can reach your goals.
Ps: I thank Rose and her blog for giving me the opportunity to share with you guys my experience and how her tips helped me out through social media and I hope so that my history could motivates you to get your work done. Have a lovely and productive day.
This article is written by Samuel.
Samuel is a 17 year old student in Chile. He studies Political Science at Temuco’s University. He loves stationery items and notebooks. For more specific questions about his career or anything else related to that, follow @sambnjmn on Instagram. Feel free to send him a DM.