Rory Gilmore, aka my academic role model from the television series "Gilmore Girls," has always inspired me. She works really hard for what she wants and puts a lot of time and effort into her studies, whilst also maintaining close friendships and hanging out with her family. Unlike lots of TV shows featuring teens, we can actually see her study, attend school and read on a regular basis, and it isn't always easy and fun. Since starting the HSC course I've been able to put her study techniques and tips from the show into practice, and I thought I'd share some of them today:
1. Read often
2. Coffee is your best friend.
3. Switching up your study space regularly is a great idea: for example, the library, a park, in bed or a cafe.
4. Celebrate your good marks with junk food and friends, and complain about your bad marks with... junk food and friends.
5. It's okay to stress out a bit.
6. Getting up early is important.
7. Set big goals for yourself and always aim high.
8. Studying with friends is awesome.
9. Being organized and being neat are two completely different things.
10. Handwriting beats typing.
11. Decorate your walls with revision and/or study inspiration.
12. Have a note-taking system that works for you (i.e. colour coding).
13. Test yourself and your friends.
14. Having some friendly competition is okay, but don't let it get in the way of friendships.
15. Learning new words is fun.
16. Take a book with you everywhere (check out the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge).
17. Sometimes your plans for the future change and that's totally okay.
18. Challenge yourself in all that you do.
19. Everyone gets burnt out and needs to take time off.
20. Dedication and persistence is all you need.