10 Tips for Successful StudiesWebmaster
If ever anyone wonders how our learners, who are mostly working adults, managed to fit studies into their life, Dr Saraswathi Kandasamy, who has 27 years of working experience, has the answer.
An education officer at the district education office in Pahang, Dr Saraswathi, 51, used the following steps successfully in pursuing her Doctor of Education (EdD):
- At the start of each semester, I planned my workload so that I could hit the ground running. I mapped out my class times and assignment deadlines and organised them into a calendar.
- Then, I worked out the time I needed to do independent study such as reading, coursework, and preparation for examinations.
- Once I had planned my workload, I set aside time each week to plan my study sessions by asking myself questions such as:
- What do I need to achieve by the end of each day or study session?
- How much time will it take me?
- Where does this fit in with my work and other commitments?
- I trained myself to work on things related to my studies at the same time each day. This helped me to be more organised and systematic.
- To make my studies more manageable, I divided it into smaller chunks and worked in short bursts with breaks in between. This helped me use my mental energy more effectively.
- Each morning, I got up earlier so that I had extra time to revise and do some reading.
- I also found more time to study by cutting out needless stuff like browsing social media and watching television.
- If my motivation level dropped, I reminded myself why I chose to do the EdD, the benefits I would receive once I completed it, and where it could lead me afterwards.
- For stress relief, I relaxed by listening to songs for some time each day.
- Lastly, I stayed connected with family members as they are my biggest motivators.
Why go through all this trouble?
Dr Saraswathi shares her perspective: “As you get older, it’s important to keep your brain active. This led me to further my studies. In the end, I not only obtained a ‘Dr’ title but also increased my professional value”.
So, there you have it: “Strength and growth come through effort and struggle!”