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Study tips, learning techniques & planning

A study plan is not only a timetable.  It can be prepared using the Mind Mapping technique and in many other ways.  A very practical and effective way, is to load the individual parts of your study plan onto MS-Outlook calendar and set reminders, not just a single reminder but with repeats.  Electronic nagging if you like!

Analytical Technique using a Calendar:

  1. How many hours are free each day?
  2. How much time is required for each subject to study the manual, watch the video content and read other material?  Use the Study Guide on the system for this.
  3. How to create a conducive environment where I will study. One of these is to switch your mobile off so that you have no distractions.  You will always be able to see on your mobile who has tried to call you and then return the call later or perhaps in the morning.
  4. Based on some of the answers to your analysis of each day, compile your study program.
  5. Type it up, or record it somewhere visible for you and everyone in your family to see – put it on the fridge door, often a useful place, next to your home telephone – let everyone be aware of your program so that all other planning is done around that.
  6. If for some reason, one day is skipped, you MUST factor in additional time to catch up.
  7. Put a copy up at your office for all to see that you are serious.
  8. The “prize” at the end is too valuable to loose!  Ask those who have graduated and are already benefitting.

The Importance of a Study Plan:

  1. It eliminates confusion and gives direction.
  2. You will feel in command of your studies, you will eliminate unwarranted pressure caused by not planning.
  3. Set targets, milestones to motivate you to keep to your plan.  An example is “when I have completed the first 5 modules, we will go out for a great steak”.
  4. You need to reward those around you such as your family who support you in your studies.
  5. Regular studies relieve stress.
  6. After a while it becomes second nature almost like a habit.
  7. You can keep regular hours without studying at all hours or reducing your sleep time.  You need 6 to 8 hours sleep per night to recharge your battery, to produce sufficient melatonin (your own cancer fighting drug which also supports your immune system)
  8. No need to go into panic mode.

Important Notes:

  1. Set realistic objectives, milestones, etc.  Unrealistic objectives will only lead to disappointment and you will become demoralised.
  2. Once a plan is made, stick to it.
  3. Be a winner and not a coaster!
  4. Avoid the company of the carefree.
  5. Ask for assistance if you get stuck or do not understand something.
  6. The reward at the end is extremely worthwhile and is long lasting.
  7. No matter where you go in life’s future, it will help you with employment in the wonderful world of lighting.

I urge you to take this to heart and I wish all BHA School of Lighting students great success.


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