How to create a study mode

Maintaining a steady pace of study can be very difficult, especially if you want to improve your knowledge and technical skills for the job market. There are always uncertainties about where to start, what to prioritize and how to approach study routine in your life.

Unfortunately, we don’t have Hermione’s time switch to help us combine studying with some well-deserved rest. However, to help, we have some tips for planning, organizing and focusing. And all these are suitable for any field, check:

Start by setting a goal

What do you want to learn? How much time do you have to learn about this new topic? These are two key questions before you begin to define your training regimen. To avoid deep disappointment, it’s worth researching what you want to learn, the skills a particular role requires, and/or what you need to know to reach the next level in your career. This information will help you focus on your studies and keep you motivated.

And don’t forget to make a realistic plan; that is, don’t fill your week with hours devoted only to studying. Take a hard look at the time your current activities are taking up, and don’t forget that you need time to relax and enjoy yourself. Respecting your rhythm and allowing yourself time to rest is part of the process too!

Create “achievable” goals

When it comes to studying or completing long-term tasks, seeing your progress is essential to stay motivated, right?

So, once you’ve listed what you want to learn, it’s time to put your goals down on paper, as they’ll help track your progress. These goals should break your learning process down into smaller chunks to create smaller milestones that can be achieved more quickly. This will help keep you motivated and provide a more sustainable and much less frustrating learning process.

When tracking your progress, you can use the example of online course platforms that show how much of a given course you have already completed. One tool that can help with goal creation and tracking is Trello, a very intuitive and free management app.

Start learning!

Now that you know how to create your study routine, it’s time to get down to business!

Some of the online learning platforms we offer are Alura, Udemy, Domestika, Google Digital Studio, and Coursera. However, one thing to remember: don’t limit yourself to online courses. You can learn a lot from other content formats, such as books, articles, podcasts, documentaries, and videos.

Regardless of your favorite format, after learning something new, taking some time to put your knowledge into practice is a good way to retain what you’ve learned. You can do this by creating your own project or attending events that encourage putting knowledge into practice, such as workshops or hackathons.

Be persistent, ask for help and respect your own rhythm

Learning something new is not always easy. The main thing is not to give up and not to be afraid to ask for help. Communities, forums, and even LinkedIn connections can help with questions that Google can’t answer. Maybe others have asked the same question and can help.

We know there is no magic formula for learning (but we wish there was, don’t we?). So you may need to rethink your plans. After all, in the process, you may find that the subject is more difficult than it seemed, or suddenly it may not be exactly what you needed to learn at the time. And it’s okay to take a few steps back if it helps you move forward in the future, right?

Remember: You don’t have to study at breakneck speed; everyone has their own pace. Use this initial moment to create a solid foundation, as it will be important when you move on to more complex topics.

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