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Six tips to win at studying

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By William Cowie

Make the challenging easy!


Study takes commitment and focus – but there is no need to worry

Here are six quick tips to make sure YOU win at study:


1. Set yourself goals!

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You’ve just enrolled in your course – you’re excited, you’re nervous, you want to get started!

That first rush of energy can carry you all the way to the end of the course!  But if it doesn’t, DON’T WORRY!

Take a breath, relax and think of your study like a staircase – lots of little steps that will get you where you want to go.

Break down your studies into small tasks you can achieve!

  • – Write due dates on the calendar;
  • – Split the assessment into smaller, manageable sections;
  • – Know how much you need to do each week; and
  • – Tick each part off when it’s done.

You’ll always know you’re on target.  The BEST part is, you’ll literally be able to see your progress.


2. Give yourself a purpose!


There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting the rewards education can provide – extra cash, new opportunities, promotion – but don’t lose sight of the people you will be able to help and the lives you can make better (including your own!).

Did you know that people who work with a noble purpose – a drive to help other people – are often far more successful?  It’s true!

Organisations that focus on the best outcome for the customer outperform the general market by 15 to one?*  There’s a lesson we can all apply to our own lives!


3. Make time!

will blog 2Don’t waste time, MAKE time!  

You probably have so much great stuff happening each day that you forget to study!

Set out study time each week.  Turn off your phone, turn off the TV, and tell your family and friends to respect the study zone.

Still struggling?  Get up an hour earlier in the morning and crack out your work first thing.  Got an hour for lunch?  Whip out your work and hammer out that assessment!  

Keep the pressure on yourself to GET THINGS DONE.  As the saying goes; if you want something done, give it to someone who is already busy!


4. Don’t Worry, Ask for help!


Never feel like you’re alone!  If you don’t know how to take the next step, ask for help!

Just talking to someone is a huge help, so grab a friend or family member and talk their ear off!


Your trainers are always a great resource.  They know the courses back to front and have heard (and answered!) just about every question you could think of.  They’re there to support YOU from beginning to end.

The team here at Inspire has also created Facebook groups for all our current students so you can chat with your peers!

You can find the pages here:

All you need to do is go to the course page click the “Join Group” button in the top right hand corner of the page!


5. Give yourself rewards!


Finished all your study goals for the day?  Go out and do something FUN!

Nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for success!  Rewards are a great way to mark your achievements and the milestones you’re ticking off.

Probably best to try and make the reward match the achievement or things can get out of hand – reading a chapter probably isn’t worth a holiday in Hawaii… or is it?!


6. If at first you don’t succeed, keep on trying!


Don’t give up on yourself!

Nobody gets everything right on their first try. It’s only by wanting something and trying again and again until we succeed that we can realise our dreams.


Don’t just take my word for it though:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Loyd Wright

“Success is the child of audacity.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle


* Forbes: Purpose-Driven Selling: It Beats Quota-Driven Every Time



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