Lay solid study
• Timetabling and organisation • Tackling procrastination • The value of time off • Effective work patterns
I like work: I think it's fascinating. I can sit and stare at it for hours.
Jerome K. Jerome
In dealing with the onset of coursework and exams, students need two crucial inner strengths. The first, as I think you probably realise by now, is resilience–the mental and physical capacity to overcome the frustrations and anxieties that inevitably arise when facing exams. Chapters 1 and 2 offer new ways of thinking (and feeling) about your studies, solutions that I hope you'll find helpful from now on.
Exam success = emotional resilience + study skills
Obviously, students' capacity to perform also depends on their degree of academic mastery. Much rests on how effectively you use your study time, on the quality of your approach to your coursework and on your revision and exam technique. Broadly speaking, the rest of this book helps you consolidate all of these study skills.
This particular chapter helps you get the most out of the time and effort you put into your work. It also offers solutions to typical problems students have in organising their learning, particularly in getting started. Learning isn't always fun: even those on courses they adore sometimes find the material difficult, boring, pointless or overwhelming.