Thursday, 9 April 2015

Student Life || How to be a Knowledge Ninja

I decided to post this in my student life series rather than as a book review, but this book can and should be read by anyone, not just students! It's also more of a way of life than just a book seeing as the author runs Think Productive, a company that offer workshops to increase productivity! I've already been using some of the techniques from the book and though I've read it all, it's one of those books I'll be dipping in and out of when I need some inspiration to spur me on.

There are different chapters from writing essays, exams, to getting organised and a whole chapter dedicated to procrastination! It covers mindfulness and meditation, includes reward systems to spur you on where an hour of study equals half a 'fun point' and you can determine how many fun points you need for your fun activities!

My favourite tip in it is the Pomodoro technique, which I'd never heard of before reading this book, and now it's the only way I study! You set an alarm on your phone for 25 minutes and work as hard as you can without checking your phone or facebook until that alarm goes off. Then you set an alarm for 5 minutes which is your break where you can freely check facebook or other social media. Then you do another 25 minutes and so on! This is especially good for social media addicts (ahem I'm looking at you fellow bloggers) so you actually put your phone down!

The book also makes it clear that to be productive, not everything can be perfect, especially not the first time. I was introduced to the idea that speed reading can actually be productive! If you have a lot of reading to get through, it's not vital that you drink in every word. Instead of reading out loud make sure you read in your head (sooo much quicker).

The book suggests mind maps for revision which is something I already do so I was pleased to see I'm on the right tracks! Mind maps are easier to 'flow' and therefore easier to remember all the details and how everything connects up. What you're learning probably isn't linear so why write it linear?

I only covered a few of my fave tips from the book here, it is jam packed full of tips so there's gonna be something that works for everyone! I was super excited to be contacted about reviewing this book *disclaimer alert* all opinions my own, I was honestly super happy to receive this! Have you read this book? Or have you got any good study tips of your own to share?

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