How often do we actually stand back and assess the way we are going about things and ask ourselves if this is the best way? This is particularly true of how we study. Many students tell us that they just haven’t been taught how to study. They have been taught what to study and shown how they will be graded on it – but not how to go about learning it in the best possible way.
Focusing on the process of studying rather than the results can improve our motivation, confidence and ultimately our grades.
In our performance coaching and training sessions with students the number one problem that they raise is the issue of procrastination. It is the first thing that comes up when we talk about the barriers to good performance. We find that procrastination is often triggered by one of these thoughts or beliefs:
- “It’s too much” – Leading to overwhelm and shut down.
- “I don’t know where to begin” – Leading to making another beautiful revision plan/ essay plan/ career plan etc.
- “I don’t need to start yet, there’s still plenty of time” – Leading to putting off the start time all together.