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Staying on Track in School

  1. Nov 25, 2012 #1
    Hey. I was wondering if people could share their thoughts on how they keep themselves on task semester after semester after semester after semester...........

    I find it harder and harder as the years go by to crank out work by riding a wave of energy, imagination, in recent years - caffeine, and - (oh god i know, i even tried for thankfully only brief period of time ) nicotine.

    I am always optimistic at the start of semesters but after a month and a half or two months, the dam breaks. I am forcing myself to work without this passion, the work is incredibly bland and I don't really connect to it. I typically end up cycling in periods of mini burn outs till xmas, fall behind in classes, and don't finish very strong. I feel sometimes like I am just sitting at my desk paralyzed with absolutely nothing in my head. I am not curious about what I read. I don't remember why I want to do things and how I want to use it in life. The problem remains though that my grades take a severe beating, as does my knowledge in the class since I need to make compromises to stay floating...

    How do you guys stay in a routine for a semester?
    Do you find that you always end up understanding the subject well, or have to just regurgitate solutions to your problems without really understanding.
    Do you even stay in a routine the whole time?
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  3. Nov 25, 2012 #2
    I dont know about your University but where i am students can and most of them DO take 1or 2 semesters off school(pause their studies) when they are really tired....
  4. Nov 25, 2012 #3
    I suggest looking into reading some of Cal Newport's books since it seems you're doing it wrong.
  5. Nov 26, 2012 #4
    I've read many posts on Newport's blog and his methods seem ambiguous and not useful for everyone.

    Are his books different? Does he keep the real tips in those books?
  6. Nov 26, 2012 #5
    I'm reading one of his books as per recommendation on this website How do be a straight A student

    I find it useless that he spends a large amount of time talking about preparing essays for humanities type classes..I don't even take those classes.
  7. Nov 26, 2012 #6


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    I suppose this begs the question, if you are having such an unpleasant time of it, why continue at all? Graduate school involves stricter time constraints and if you dont like things now, you may not like it there either.
  8. Nov 26, 2012 #7
    I probably should stop recommending his books since it seems that the only people that understand him would have found his book on their own.
  9. Nov 26, 2012 #8
    Newport does bring some interesting things to the table like focusing intently for 2 or 3 hours instead of 8 hours of 'pseudowork.' He backs it up with solid reasoning too.

    But in terms of his ideas being the complete studying strategy, I'm not convinced. At least from what I've read on Study Hacks.
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