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Christian Vasquez
Christian Vasquez

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How do you get back into studying?

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Andrew Baisden

Create a learning plan and then stick to it.

deotyma profile image

I have no idea. I've never stopped learning

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Pascal Thormeier

Thinking aloud here.

It depends on what you mean by "studying". Suppose it's a university program, for example, getting a bachelor's or doing your master's degree after a break. In that case, you're likely to have adapted to the idea of "going back to school" already. From here on, it's getting started and getting used to it, really.

When I did my bachelor's degree, I hadn't seen a school from the inside for several years and failed my first maths exams because I wasn't used to learning that much that quickly. Sure, I did fail, but I tried to see this as an opportunity to adapt my learning techniques immediately, which is precisely what I did. Two semesters in, I had a set of strategies on how to take notes, structure the work I needed to finish and study for exams.

The same applies to online courses or self-learning a new skill by doing tutorials, following video instructions, or whatever medium you'd like to use. It's pretty rough at the beginning, but you have to find your rhythm and learning patterns and develop strategies. Try to be as agile as possible, reflect on your strategies from time to time, and try to improve things where necessary. Don't be afraid to experiment with new tools. Does it have to be OneNote, or do a piece of paper and some pens do the trick for you? The first few iterations will yield a ton of knowledge about how you study best. Once you've established a solid foundation, you can focus on the topic you actually want to study more and more.

Hope this helps!

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Aimee Fenech

if the use of the word studying is an impediment drop it - join a community of practice instead after all coding is an experiential learning process

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