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  • Writer's pictureIan Gibbs

Student Tip 12: The Power Of Habit

We are all creatures of habit, and this includes you, too.

By this I mean that you tend to do the same thing in the same way every time you do it.

Just think about it...

The way you fold your arms.

The way you hold your pen.

The way you sit in class.

The way you eat your food.

The way you go to bed.

Did you know that stuff you do regularly is handled by a different part of your brain?

You don’t ‘think’ about doing it; it becomes ‘instinctive’—part of your mental hard-drive.

In other words, you do it automatically.

What this means is that the more you do something, the more natural it is to do it.

And it’s a really good idea to bear this in mind when it comes to learning stuff.

If you’re not used to doing the things we’ve looked at so far (such as finding a good place to study, making notes at the end of class or doing assignments on the same day as you’re given them), then the first few times you do them will feel strange.

It will feel unnatural because you’re not used to it.

You’re used to doing things the old way (remember, the old way was when you struggled to learn stuff well).

But the more you apply these ideas like finding help on YouTube, preparing for lessons in advance, and planning your study sessions, then the easier and more natural it will feel.

On your very first day when you travelled to school, you probably felt a bit weird, a bit uncomfortable.

Maybe you even felt a bit nervous.

But now, you’ve probably done the journey so many times, you do it every day without giving it a second thought.

Studying is exactly the same.

If you start doing it differently, it will feel strange at first, but if you keep at it for a few weeks it becomes easier and easier until learning stuff better becomes the natural thing to do.

Tip 12: Carry out the other tips in this blog regularly. It becomes much easier to do them if you do them often.

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