December 14, 2012


Follow-up to First entry on Effective learning strategies from Yentl's WSPA blog

Last week, I mentioned that my main problem was that I plan absolutely everything but I often find it difficult to start or to stick to the plan. Throughout the past week, I still found this a problem some times; however, it did improve in terms of frequency.

I was more realistic about my plans, for instance, finish one application for one law firm and read one chapter for a module in a day. Being more realistic definitely helped to finish tasks more effectively; however, I was often distracted by things around me. For example, while working on an application, I would browse around other websites, slowing down the whole process, at the end of the day I would find myself not finishing an application or the work that I intended to finish.

I realised that distractions in the environment hinder me from sticking to the plan. Since realising this, I have started to work in a library. Also, I worked much more efficient when I have no access to the internet (at home in Hong Kong, there is no wireless). However, this is not a feasible solution as a lot of the academic work require internet access; therefore, a better way to minimise distractions is to change the environment that I work in.

I also found that setting up deadlines to start a task very useful as I react best to deadlines, on top of that, setting myself into the 'focus mood' definitely put me into a zone where I find it much easier to focus on my work. I have mentioned in the last entry that blogging puts me into the 'focus zone'; in fact, having a schedule to blog motivates me to be more organised with my other work!

I wish that my skills would improve more and more over the next term as the next two terms will be the busiest terms during my undergraduate life!

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  1. Han-na Cha

    Hi Yentl,

    This is a good start and well done for starting your action points. A good observation about the environment making a difference, so keep pursuing that one and see what else you discover.

    I think now, you need to think again about distractions. Some suggestions:
    How about planning your work out for – what needs internet and what doesn’t. Would that help to minimise the distractions?
    If it is study related – write what it is you want to look up on a separate piece of paper and promise yourself that you’ll do it, once you’ve finished reading the chapter, writing the application etc.
    reward yourself once you’re reached your goal – i’ll check my emails, once i’ve finished reading this case.

    17 Dec 2012, 15:43

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