Habits that are great for study and life - Law Training Centre

Habits that are great for study and life

The good ways of doing things that benefit your mental health and your life, are, in general, also good to help with your studies. Leading a balanced life will help you to study smarter.

Spend time in contemplation and reviewing your day and your study. Celebrate yourself!

Benefits to life:
  • Praise others, and they’re more likely to praise you in return, not solely out of obligation but because praise is a form of enthusiasm, which is infectious. It builds self-confidence.
  • It also builds emotional Intelligence, helping you make better and more helpful connections.
  • Clarifies your core values so building integrity and realistic decision-making.
  • Boosts confidence.
  • Benefits to study:
  • Refreshes the memory and helps with retaining knowledge, smoothing the transfer of information from short-term to long-term memory.
  • Strengthens the process of learning how to adapt knowledge.
  • Tips:

    Every twenty-four hours spend some quiet time reflecting upon what’s been happening that day. If you feel you’re getting too negative, breathe deeply, and simply note (without comment) each negative thought as it appears. Imagine that it is on a sheet of paper floating down a stream and that it will pass you by.
    Congratulate yourself daily for whatever is going well. On a weekly basis, formally appraise what you might need to do to improve your studies.
    Keep a “well done” list for life AND academic achievements.
    Regularly review your course notes. This will clarify your learning and help make sure it is targeted and effective. When you make notes, put them in your own words (cognitive psychologists call this “chunking”). This will help you memorise them.

    Be mindful – and stay in the moment

    Benefits to life:
  • Can provide focus, boost emotional stability and self-control. It can also diminish mental anxiety, tension and depression, and lower blood pressure and physical stress. At the same time, it can boost your ability to accept who you are without judgment.
  • Benefits to study:
  • Academic excellence and performance require the focus, attention, and precision that mindfulness can bring.
  • Brings a discipline and resilience that helps maintain motivation when study becomes trickier
  • Tips:

    Create study session goals which support your overall academic goals. Review these and your notes at the beginning of each study session, and then try the 4, 7, 8 breathing exercise before each study session:
    Breath out only through your mouth, creating a whoosh sound. Then close your mouth and breathe out quietly through your nose for four seconds. Hold your breath for seven seconds. Finally, breath in again through your mouth making a whoosh sound again for eight seconds. This is a good thing to do before bedtime too.
    Use mindfulness apps: Headspace, Smiling Mind, and MyLife are good.

    Find joy in others and in your activities

    Benefits to life:
  • When you have enthusiasm for what others do, it’s often reciprocated. It leads to “social connectedness”, which is not about having numerous friends or influential networks. Research indicates it’s a result of having social support – being part of a group or community, sharing interests and goals, which can increase happiness. And happiness is catching. Socially connected people have been shown to suffer from fewer incidences of physical and mental ill-health.
  • Benefits to study:
  • Showing an interest in others can help if you form a study group to broaden and deepen your skills and knowledge.
  • Tips:
  • Study groups are not for everyone. They often work best when they’re comprised of four to five students of similar ability and when its meetings are structured, and members prepared. Use study groups to quiz each other’s knowledge, practise using flashcards, comparing class notes, and reviewing resources. Study groups can help you to grasp concepts, keep up to date and retain information by internalising it.
  • Other ways to boost your study mindset

    Motivate yourself by writing down the reasons why you want to study, for example:
  • Having a better future
  • Developing and challenging yourself
  • The joy of learning
  • Increasing your academic discipline
  • Clear your concerns by writing a “worry list” or journal.
    Feel the fear and do it anyway – sometimes start with the most difficult task.
    Think positively – remind yourself of your abilities. Avoid absolute and catastrophic thinking (“I’ve totally messed this up – I always do); and avoid comparing yourself with others. Instead, focus on what you can do.
    If you’re suffering from procrastination, try the Pomodoro Technique:
  • Set the alarm for 25 minutes
  • Study hard until it rings
  • Have a five-minute break away from your desk
  • Repeat until the end of your study session.
  • And never be frightened to ask for help – in all walks of life. This includes talking to your tutor! To speak with your tutor you can email the team on support@ltckent.co.uk

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