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Offline Vicente

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Having a hard time studying
« on: February 24, 2020, 08:39:10 am »
Anyone else have a hard time studying and retaining information?
For two or so years it's been impossible for me. Studying at home is almost not a option due it being a place with heavy negative energy (and people that don't leave me alone), even when there's no one around. I can somewhat study at the uni but I don't have money to pay for eating there or bring anything substantial to eat. Even then, I have a hard time remembering things I just heard/ read.

It's worth mentioning I also struggle with depression and anxiety.

Anyone have any tips? I've been researching but still haven't found anything that works.

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2020, 10:24:24 am »
Anyone else have a hard time studying and retaining information?
For two or so years it's been impossible for me. Studying at home is almost not a option due it being a place with heavy negative energy (and people that don't leave me alone), even when there's no one around. I can somewhat study at the uni but I don't have money to pay for eating there or bring anything substantial to eat. Even then, I have a hard time remembering things I just heard/ read.

It's worth mentioning I also struggle with depression and anxiety.

Anyone have any tips? I've been researching but still haven't found anything that works.

My only advice is therapy, meditation, diet. exercise and sleep. Get that in the right balance and it will get better. Folks like us often need a reflecting board that therapy brings along with learning new coping skills. Meditation can help calm the mind and diet/exercise/sleep will help keep the brain chemistry in order.

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2020, 12:36:03 pm »
I'll be completely honest and confess I've been slacking off self care. I've been just pushing myself to get stuff done and failing miserably.
Therapy is on my to-do list, until then I'll look into everything else (specially meditation, even my friend recommended but I just shrugged it off).

Thanks for the reminder!

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2020, 05:35:26 pm »
It is easier to “remember” or reference information if you know how to apply it, if you do apply it, and you make sense out of it, than if you only memorize it. Mnemonics and the often used acrostics can help.

For example:  The basic trig functions of sine, cosine, and tangent can be remembered and APPLIED in solving meaningful problems by remembering “SOH CAH TOA”.

SOH stands for Sine equals Opposite over Hypotenuse. CAH stands for Cosine equals Adjacent over Hypotenuse. TOA stands for Tangent equals Opposite over Adjacent.

What gets you remembering these equations is needing to use them, understanding triangles, and solving problems such as determining side lengths when you know an angle measurement and a side length.

So... get enough sleep, focus, eat enough, exercise, ask questions, do not get behind, take excellent notes, be organized, manage your time well, set high achievement goals, get good, caring teachers, and... find real needs to learn what you need to “memorize.” 

If you see value in learning something, you will likely want to learn more about that something.  By finding how you will apply what you will learn, that should help your learning.

If you think that terms or definitions are useless to know except for memorizing for a quiz, then use flash cards and study groups.  My sympathies if that is truly the case.. Your professor is effecting student learning at a low level in that case.. see Bloom’s Taxonomy, original or revised for more information.

The key is to know for what you are learning the when, where, why, and how you will apply something and integrate it into prior learning and skills too, so you get better and better.  You can lookup all kinds of info on the job after school but if you do not know how and when to use it, that is truly a professional hardship. 

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2020, 02:22:47 pm »
Chrissy, that was all very helpful! I do believe I was really lacking in seeing the value of everything being taught.
Also I literally never asked a question in over a year due social anxiety (what if I ask or say something dumb, I'd freak out). My teachers are great and also always take a interest on me because apparently they see potential but it never seems to come out.
I hope to make things different this year.

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2020, 02:31:46 pm »
I have problems retaining information from study. I tend to forget most of the content of my essays from the first semester by the end of the third.

Repetition works for me to some extent, the repeat method of reading over the same information and testing yourself on recalling it, or the repeat-at-intervals method, 1 hour on, 2 hours on, later that night, next day, and end of the week, etc..

Otherwise I have found consuming raw blueberries to improve my memory.

Some people find classical music helpful, but I need silence to read.

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2020, 04:22:23 am »
I'm suprised no one mentioned hrt.  Without my personal mix I'm a mess.  Its mood, enegry mental clarity etc.  Therapy and meds for depression and anxiety don't hurt either.  If school is really just memorizing things to pass tests I would jump out the window.  Read! If you can make a dent in the schools library it will take you far further then memorizing things just long enough to pass tests.  Real work and genius is rarely connected with the ability to recite correct answers to tests without knowing what they mean.

Do what your passionate about!  I can't tell you how sad the story of my therapist is who studied business for a degree that she eventually tossed so she could start from scratch and do something that meant something to her.

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2020, 11:24:03 am »
I don't have too much of a problem studying except I have a tendency to get a little distracted. I do not know for sure whether or not hrt will change this but I am optimistic it will have no significant negative effect.
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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2020, 03:51:50 pm »
@Paul Muad-Dib

I'll look into this method you mentioned, finding an effective way to study been kinda hard. A college suggested mental maps too but I have absolute no idea on how to do them. Unfortunately there's no blueberries in my country! Also I need heavy metal to study, it makes my focus better, never tried classical though, I'll also give it a go.

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And I'm surprised you mentioned it tbh. Had absolutely no clue HRT played a role on studying, though it does make sense, also I have a appointment for next month and will ask for a psychologist, I'm optimistic about starting therapy. I started to see more meaning on what I'm studying since I first made the topic. As much it's not my absolute passion, it's something I'm interested on and since it requires a lot of studying, it keeps me occupied (though retaining information been a challenge for a while). Happy for your therapist though!

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Distractions. Tell me about it. Listening music on YouTube is my biggest issue because of the recommendation feed. From what Jane said, HRT actually helps, and I sure hope so!

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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2020, 08:16:02 am »
@Paul Muad-Dib

I'll look into this method you mentioned, finding an effective way to study been kinda hard. A college suggested mental maps too but I have absolute no idea on how to do them. Unfortunately there's no blueberries in my country! Also I need heavy metal to study, it makes my focus better, never tried classical though, I'll also give it a go.

@JanePlain

And I'm surprised you mentioned it tbh. Had absolutely no clue HRT played a role on studying, though it does make sense, also I have a appointment for next month and will ask for a psychologist, I'm optimistic about starting therapy. I started to see more meaning on what I'm studying since I first made the topic. As much it's not my absolute passion, it's something I'm interested on and since it requires a lot of studying, it keeps me occupied (though retaining information been a challenge for a while). Happy for your therapist though!

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Distractions. Tell me about it. Listening music on YouTube is my biggest issue because of the recommendation feed. From what Jane said, HRT actually helps, and I sure hope so!

Mostly stuff on the computer which can distract me, music on YouTube definitely being one of them
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Re: Having a hard time studying
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2020, 11:25:19 pm »
It's due to the depression. It makes it impossible to concentrate.

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