Hahha Shamrock, but that comes with a blemish, so not recommended.
But here's how it works for me. But it really is categorized into two, and is from experience:
- Math: A very hate-hate relationship. See, whatever the amount of time I put into this subject, never works out. And putting the time, believe me, I have. In fact, it turned out that the more time I put in, the worse I did. I did what the math profs advise, by the book, and practiced practiced practiced. What happened was almost failed, almost failed, almost failed. But persisted, as my degree requires it. So, by the time I got to the last two I had to take, I had accepted my weakness and just went along, stressed out less, did not do as many practice problems as before, and still did okay. But the keys to Math, apparently, are to try and be one section ahead of prof every time (ie read and try out problems before lecture), never do Math for prolonged time in any day, and ALWAYS, ALWAYS get at least 8 hours of sleep before a Math exam. I swear by the last one.
- Everything else: usually, when I have a hard time studying, it's because boredom settles in, or is it procrastination, and a.net finds its way in there. These other courses require reading, and remaining awake etc. So, what I do is take notes as I read, every book, every chapter I read. I kid you not, I read every line, writing notes, by hand. Even have a template I follow for each chapter etc. Anyways, the advantage of this is two-fold. One, I study. I do not ever think I am ready for an exam unless I have done this. I also don't remember the last time I did not go in without having read each chapter. Two, when it comes to final exams, which are cummulative, I never reopen the book, as I use my notes to study off of. Same thing for other exams, if I have read every chapter, when it comes time for an exam, I only study from say a dozen sheets that have everything I need. Simple as that. Typing them up as I read a book also works, and is faster. But the distraction is right there in front of me, so I look for a quiet room (stay at Uni whenever I have studying to do), commit not to get online (no MSN
/a.net), and take a 10 - 20 minute break walking around at the end of each chapter. I can do 5 chapters a day easy. I should also mention that when it comes to exams, I have my note taking done 2 days before exam, then last two days I go over notes, take them everywhere I go. It works.