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Summarise topics
at the end of each module, topic or chapter. This will help you with:
Read actively
Most of your reading should include some additional action like taking notes, underlining or highlighting.
Practise drawing diagrams
The more visual something is the more effective a learning tool it will be.
Say things aloud
Pretend you are a teacher and explain the material to a class. Talk to people about what you are studying. Each time you go over material you are helping to place information in your long-term memory.
Make definition and formula cards
Put the term on one side of a small card and its definition on another. This process can also be helpful for learning vocabulary.
One thing you are good at but do not necessarily know, is setting goals. As an athlete you do this all the time with your sports programme. You have probably heard of "SMART goals". But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for any goal to be achieved it must be designed to be SMART, whether in sport or in life in general. There are many variations on what SMART stands for, but the essence is this:
Set Specific Goals
Your goals must be clear and well defined. You must understand what you wish to achieve. Vague or generalised goals are not achievable because they don't provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way.
Set Measurable Goals
Include precise amounts, dates, etc. in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you actually achieved something.
Set Attainable Goals
Make sure that it's possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralise yourself and erode your confidence. However, resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. By setting realistic yet challenging goals you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to "raise the bar" and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.
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