Sunday, July 15, 2012

How to Study With Strategy and Get the Most of Your Overseas Study Experience

Yes, discipline is a key factor of results. But if you want to have outstanding grades, or maximize your studying time, you will need to study smart. With discipline and a well-planned studying strategy, you can say goodbye to study stress and achieve a healthy balance between school and your life outside college.

Who wants to spend all that time studying and worrying about grades when you have a life to live, right? Study smart and plan your schedule well. Getting the best out of studying abroad depends on your time management skills.

Our study tips are based on awesome stuff that was written more than a couple thousand years ago. We will be taking a few quotes from Sun Tzu's book: "The Art of War". And we will break down his lines into something that can be applied to your studying plans.

Sun Tzu was a brilliant general from Ancient China. He was - and still is, well-known for his war strategies. And up to this date, his writings have been translated to many languages. His wisdom has been used by many business people to achieve effective and efficient results.

If his strategies could work for others in this century, they sure can work for you!

1) Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories - Sun Tzu

Battles come in all shapes and sizes. Going overseas to take on a college degree program is a battle itself - you have to struggle with adapting yourself to another country and culture; and also do your best to learn and excel in your chosen field. Regardless of which country you choose to study abroad in, you will face exams, tests, and presentations.

Some people know that mountains of stress are piling but they choose to ignore it. It is okay if you are the type who can prioritize and achieve good results by cramming. But if you are not, take some time to build your stamina to study.

The average mugger who does not have a habit of listening in class needs around four hours to figure out and understand each chapter. Two hours of reading, and two hours for practice. If you have been listening in class, you could refresh your memory in less than two hours.

Every subject has anywhere from 12-24 chapters in a textbook. So plot your course well. You know yourself best. So design your study plan to suit your needs.

2) He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious - Sun Tzu

How long can you sit still at your desk in front of a textbook or assignment without getting distracted? There is no need to worry if you have the attention span of a gold fish. Training the mind is just like training the body. You need discipline to set aside certain amounts of time to get things done.

Start by increasing your study durations bit by bit. On your first day, you could start with around three minutes, then, gradually increase it by two minutes each day until you can study for 15 minutes a day effortlessly.

3) Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win - Sun Tzu

Plan strategic study time into your schedule and you will have a better grasp of dealing with your assignments, tests, and presentations. Being well-prepared reflects on your professionalism. And this will be a trait that you can bring into the workplace after graduation.

Donald, International Admissions Director of Raffles Education Corporation, a leading education provider in Asia Pacific operating 33 colleges across 30 cities in 13 countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Mongolia, Bangladesh, India, China, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Sri Lanka & Indonesia). Certifications such as Advanced Diploma, Bachelor and Master Degrees are also offered for various disciplines in design, business, science and technology such as visual communication, animation, multimedia, interior design, product design, jewellery design, biomedical, infocomm security and early childhood. Direct your questions to Raffles College.

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