being productive : key to optimise

Aim to find a quiet and undisturbed location for your study, and plan as far as possible to use the same period of time each day. Getting into a routine helps to avoid wasting time. Make sure that you have all the materials you need before you begin so as to minimize (eliminate) interruptions.


Store all your learning materials & tools in one place, so that you do not waste time searching for items every time you want to begin studying. If you have to pack everything away after each study period, keep your study materials in a box, or even a suitcase, which will not be disturbed until the next time.


Limit distractions. To make the most effective use of your study periods you should be able to apply total concentration, so turn off all entertainment apps, set your phones to message (silent) mode (best to leave it far from you), and put up your “Not-To-Disturb” sign.


Your schedule will tell you which topic to study. However, before diving in and becoming engrossed in the finer points, make sure you have overall BIG picture of all the areas that need to be covered by the end of the session. After an hour, offer yourself a short break and move away from your study text. With experience, you will learn to assess the pace you need to work at. Each study session should focus on component learning outcomes – the basis for all questions.



Diligently work through chapter, making notes as you go. When you have covered a suitable amount of material, vary the pattern by attempting a practice question. When you have finished your attempt, make notes of any mistakes you made, or any areas that you failed to cover or not covered enough in detail. Be mindful that all components of the learning outcomes will (may) be tested (assessable) in each examination.



Make notes as you study, and discover the techniques that work best for you. Your notes may be in the form of lists, bullet points, flow charts, diagrams, summaries, mind maps, or the written word, anything that helps, but remember you will need to refer back to them at a later date, so they have to be intelligible. If you are on a taught course, make sure you highlight any issues you would like to follow up with the facilitator or get help from course mates whenever possible.



Organize your notes. Make sure that all your notes, calculations etc. can be effectively filed and easily retrieved at any point of time necessarily. Be upgrading yourself better.



Above simple flowchart is fairly straightforward and self-explanatory, implying that, in order to truly optimise learning intelligence, it is a matter of how much constructive effort one self (you!) has initiated & contributed since the beginning throughout the entire vision and mission!

Likewise, it is a question of how actively have you been participating in the overall collaborative learning experience! Therefore, it is essentially vital for each & everyone of you to be proficiently well-prepared beforehand and always steps ahead to contribute productively & confidently in the co-learning community!

Absolutely NO EXCUSE! Grab every opportunity to go through and experience each learning process (activity) in its cycle. After all, “LEARNING” is about personal (individual) responsibility & experience for future growth + development + transformation.

Do not ever consider any shortcut way that won’t sustain you for long..!!!

So to speak, it is very much depending on you yourself to decide your own path and make your way. Gotta be real honest to your own good self! Simply by asking: “…Do I (you) read? Do I (you) understand? Do I (you) discuss? Do I (you) ask? Do I (you) consult? Do I (you) do well enough? etc…

Self reflection helps cultivate and enhance the mindfulness of oneself. By taking the time to ask yourself the essential questions, you gain a crucial understanding of your emotions, strengths, weaknesses and driving force.