Monday, 23 March 2015

How to be a Knowledge Ninja*

I was kindly e-mailed from 'Think Productive' who sent me the book "How to be a Knowledge Ninja" by Graham Allcott, the founder of 'Think Productive'. As I have been spending a lot of time essay writing and starting revision after the easter holidays,  this could not have come at a better time!

The book provides tips on how to balance and organise your studying and social life, something that I definitely struggle with! It also has exercises to do, which really made me realise all the things that I do to procrastinate.

The most useful part of the book for me was to find out what kind of learner I am. The book offers 3 types:  Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic. I found out that I am a Visual Learner as I like to use diagrams, colours and symbols to learn and remember key pieces of information. There is then a section of ideas of how to use this information for revision tips. Most of them I already know work for me, but it can be useful if you are still finding your feet with revision. Hopefully I can use this to the full potential once I start revision, as I find spider diagrams really useful!

The book also has some ideas for how to approach your lectures, how to work through your reading lists and tips for group work and presentations. All essential stuff for a university student!

And Finally… Procrastination. If you have been reading my tweets or my blog for a while, you will know that I am the queen of procrastination. So I thought I would give some of the ideas in a book a go whilst I essay write.

Going Dark
Going dark refers to the turning off of electronic devices etc that could be used to distract us. I definitely use my phone to check twitter, facebook and e-mails, even though I know they will still be there in a few hours. The annoying thing about essay writing is that I am on my laptop, therefore the prospect of going dark can't really work. I did turn my phone off though and found that this really helped!

Setting Time periods
The next strategy I tried was setting a timer. The book suggests to use a timer of 25 minutes to get started on a project that you don't really want to do. Whilst reading for an essay, I set a timer for 25 minutes to carry out without any distractions to see how much that can be done. 25 minutes doesn't seem too daunting does it! I found that once the 25 minutes was up, it was much easier to continue productively.

Working around others
This is one that has definitely helped. I find working at home really hard when I am by myself. When my flatmates are in and are all working, it makes me feel guilty for procrastinating and not doing any work. Also working in the library also helps as seeing lots of other people working keeps my focussed.

I think that many of the techniques and ideas will help me with once I start revision as well as other general tips for essay writing, tackling exam stress and taking lecture notes, all useful things for a university student!

The book is £8.75 from Amazon, buy it here! And a huge thank you to Think Productive for sending me a copy! 

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  1. When I was at Uni I would usually end up studying at the Library, noise always distracted me, but complete silence being in your room at home, drove me insane, so at the library it was quiet but it was nice that everyone else around me were just getting on with there own work!

    Elle x
    Notes of Petranella

  2. This sounds like a really good book - I have bookmarked it and hopefully will be buying it so thank you!!


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