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30th March 2018

How to improve in Chemistry?

How to improve in Chemistry?

Recently i have been reading some personal development books and one of the ideas that came up was how to improve in any area of your life…quite instantly. It takes at most 3 weeks to see significant changes.

Ready for the (almost magical) idea? 

No, it’s not something new. It’s an old principle. “Whatever area you want to see improvement in, track it.”

For example, if you want to lose weight, track your calories. To be more productive, track where you spend your time (hint: social media is a big culprit, emails a close second and meetings third) Want to be healthier? Track how much time you spend exercising. If you want to be more knowledgeable, track the number of books you read. To grow your savings, track your expenditure. 

Application

How do you track? Simple. Write it down. Buy a small journal booklet for this purpose. For a full day. Then two. And three. Then a week. Finally three weeks. Then look at the data. You’ll be surprised that when you observe your own life, there’s so much you don’t know about yourself and what are the things you do automatically or subconsciously. It’s time to snap out of your trance…if you want real change in whatever area that caused you headaches.

Now, if you want to do well in your studies, how should you do it? Not by spending more time reading the notes. 

Practise more. There’s no short-cut. And get your teacher or tuition teacher or your older sibling to mark your work. Track your progress. See what kind of questions stumps you, where do you lose marks, is it calculation or memory work? If you’re not tracking it, how would you know whether what you’re doing currently is working? If you’re reading your notes over and over again with no real improvement in your score, stop doing that! Insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results.

Bonus

I’d throw in one bonus method, grab hold of a friend who is doing well in their studies, treat them to a nice meal/drink and ask them, how do they go about studying? Or better still, observe how they do it. I’ve had the good fortune to have a friend come over to my place to help me with my weakest subject at A levels. Do you have friends like that? Ask and you will receive, seek and you shall find.

Don’t be like the proverbial lumberjack who slogs away hacking at the tree trunk when all he needed was to sharpen his ax.

Good luck! 🙂 

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