I’m really excited to let you guys know that after this article, we are going to be seeing a few changes around here! Studying is something I have always been passionate about, and have always given my 100% effort to, and therefore I love writing about it. However, I have an even bigger passion; books. I am a huge bookworm, and adore literature, and so this space is going to be converted into a dedicated space for book appreciation! However, studying is still a topic very close to my heart, and I know lots of people benefit from hearing about it. We have covered so many topics, from studying do’s and dont’s, to the impact of study-tube, to how to take study breaks like a pro! However, having written this section for over a year now, I would hate for it to become boring, repetitious and waffly; which is coincidentally three things you should make sure your revision resources and assignments are not! Therefore, we’re going to bring this section down a notch, and make it a smaller space. I’ll still be here every month, just in a smaller form!
But for now, let’s make the most of our time here in a big old study article, and talk about… well, studying! I’d love to do something a little different this time, and take studying out of an educational/school context and shift it into a personal context. Studying is not something you have to just restrict to school work; it is never too early to educate yourself on a new topic that interests you. Perhaps you have a major interest that is not accessible at school, and you want to feed that interest of yours. Well, the perfect way to do this is to conduct your own personal teaching and research into these topics. I am hugely interested in true crime, the criminal mind, how the justice system works, and all things paranormal. Therefore, I spend at least a few hours a week researching these topics, reading books on them and taking notes (yep, seriously!) and sharing my knowledge with others to see if I have consolidated my learning.
Continuing your knowledge outside of school is such a beneficial thing to do, I have always loved being able to have my own individual areas of interest and knowledge that not everyone else at school knows about. It can be really fun to have a mind of your own, and have your own ideas about what you are interested in. Even if it’s just watching a documentary on Netflix about your chosen topic of interest, it is a great way to invest your time.
Whilst it is good to take a break from studying, it can also be hugely beneficial to studying something your heart is 100% in, and educate yourself on something more fun and engaging. This will also benefit your in-school studying by keeping your brain active, and giving it some new material so that your school material does not become all you associate studying with, and thus become boring and unoriginal. In a sense, you can turn learning into a hobby, and expand your knowledge continuously, however this time, you can learn things that truly interest you. There is no specification sheet or content list that determines what you do and don’t have to know, you don’t have to worry about assessments, and you can change your subject at any time! It is possible to make studying a fun experience, you just have to see it in a positive light, and take it out of an educational context.
Your learning does not have to be controlled by anyone but you. Just as you are responsible for your success in school, you can be in control of your wider knowledge. It’s a more productive, healthier way of spending your time that aimlessly scrolling through social media all evening. Even if it’s just an hour or so a week, watch an educational documentary, read an informative article or two, even pick up a cheap second hand book and give it a read! Don’t ever stop learning, and don’t let anyone tell you revision is dull!