My study ability

How do you take care of your personal recourses? Do you have balance between studying, free time and rest? What are your ways to relax and how do you spend your freetime? Do you sleep enough, eat healthy and have good relationships in your life?

Study ability is a student’s work ability. It is important to take care of your study ability because it is relevant for your well-being, study results and study progress. Study ability consists of study environment and teaching but also of your personal resources and study skills. Sometimes it is good to stop for a while and pay attention to the balanced everyday life and own wellbeing.

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I as a student

Have you lately thought about yourself as a student or your own views about learning? How do you process new knowledge? What is the best place to study? What motivates you?

When you evaluate yourself as a student, be gentle. Our previous experiences, self-esteem, current situation in life and personal resources affects how we evaluate learning process, believe in ourselves and make new aims. We learn in multiple ways and sometimes learning can depend on environmental issues also. Study skills are skills, which can be learned and developed. To support the feeling of control and progress in your studies, check the following points.

      1. Write down what motivates you and what do you want to learn?
      2. Write down who can help you if needed?
      3. Make all tasks (essays, exams etc.) visible. Use lists, mindmaps etc.
      4. Prioritize! What is the most important and urgent task? Is there something that can be done later?
      5. Use calendar. Mark lessons, deadlines and independent study time to your calendar. Don’t forget your free time! When everything have been wrote down, you know what to do and when to do it.
      6. Where is the best place to study? If it is difficult to focus on studying at home, go to the university or visit the library.
      7. When is the best time to study? Are you a morning person?
      8. Remember to keep enough breaks and do the assignment in smaller pieces. Try pomodoro –technique.
      9. Focus what you are doing. Put your phone away, turn of the tv etc.
      10. Check the calendar before the week ends and make changes if needed.

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Stressing out or feeling nervous?

Studying can be sometimes stressful, especially when the workload is heavy or not in balance. It is good to remember that we have only 24 hours in a day and taking care of myself is essential. When thinking about your life, ask yourself are all things and tasks necessary and what is good enough? A small amount stress can be a positive and energizing thing. When stress prolongs and effects to your thoughts, emotions and body, you should stop and ask for a help. To easy your stress:

      • Check the balance between studies and freetime.
      • Make sure you sleep enough and have nice activities in your life.
      • Spend more time with the people who makes you feel good.
      • Try relaxing and breathing exercises.
      • Try mindfulness.
      • Observe your thoughts, emotions and actions with empathy.

Being nervous is natural and we all experience it from time to time. Sometimes we can be nervous when meeting new people, making a presentation or for example going for a lunch. Usually we are afraid of revealing the nervousness but actually, you should give yourself a permission to be nervous. When you accept the nervousness and yourself as you are, it is easier to cope with it. It is also ok to tell other people that you are nervous. To ease your nervousness:

      • Exposure yourself to the situations that are nervous.
      • Try relaxing and breathing exercises.
      • Try mindfulness.
      • Observe your thoughts, emotions and actions with empathy.
      • Join groups or courses concerning nervousness.

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