6 Essential tips for students that every student should know

Hello there, how are you? Good? Alright then.

As you’re reading this I’m gonna assume you’re a student, so yeah, hello student, this is your sensei, and today I’m gonna give you some essential tips that you should know as a young padawan.

By the way, watch out for movie references.

6 Essential tips for students

  • Don’t think of yourself as a student
  • Don’t just memorise
  • Don’t think your school will teach you everything
  • Learn about money
  • Learn to dress well
  • Relax

Here goes, essential tip number:

1. Don’t think of yourself as a student

What! Sensei are you mad? 

No, I’m not mad young padawan, hear me out. If you think of yourself as a student then you will feel like a student. And you and I both know you hate being a student. You always think about what it must feel like to be a teacher and how you would be different as a teacher.

So here’s my advice, think of yourself as a learner and a teacher. 

What this’ll do is it will change your perspective, instead of thinking like a student who just wants to learn things to pass the exam, you will think like a person who wants to learn something so that the thing you learn will come in use in the future.

And thinking of yourself as a teacher will allow you to understand the topic or the lesson more easily, you should think to yourself like this, what would my students ask in this topic, what questions can they ask and what will they find confusing and then try to find the answers to those questions, this way you will easily understand the lesson and get a much better idea.

2. Don’t just memorise

If you’re in school then remember you’re there to learn not to memorise, try to understand what the subject is all about. What the lesson is trying to say, understand the key topics. Cause at the end of the day you’re going to forget what you memorise. But you’ll never forget what you understand.

I know it’s easy to just memorise and pass the exam, but trust sensei on this as I have done it and have realised just how stupid I was to have done something so stupid.

You see if you understand something then you don’t have the need to memorise it. Your brain automatically starts to do your work for you. 

Here’s my tip: try to question whatever it is you’re learning, ask questions, how does this relate to the real world? What’s the real-world application and how does it work?

Very important: never ask yourself these question

  • How does calculus help me in the real world?
  • Why do I have to know Pythagoras' theorem?
  • What is differentiation and integration and why are they so hard?
  • How can it be mathematics if it has alphabets in it?

These are all questions that are as old as the universe itself, and they have no answer, you just have to agree that you need to know them and accept that they are hard and move on.

3. Don’t think your school will teach you everything

Ah school, let me tell you something, it will not prepare you for life. Yes, it will teach you a bunch of things and give you a nice piece of paper with your name on it in the end but not much more.

Real life is a lot different, in school, you can just do over and correct your mistakes, but life is not like that. You have to be careful. In real life, you have to analyse information, plan ahead and make informed decisions. 

Here’s my tip: start to learn from other sources, read books, watch informational youtube videos, take an online course. It could be anything, it’s the 21st century after all, there’s no shortage of information. 

As sensei, I highly recommend you watch informational youtube videos, they provide you with information and will broaden your knowledge. But keep in mind, youtube videos seldom go into details about any topic, and they are great for gaining the basic understanding of something. 

For gaining deep knowledge and understanding of any subject, I recommend you take online courses.  Online courses are everywhere, and they are amazing for gaining deep information about any particular topic. And the best thing is they give you certificates which will diversify your CV so you’ll get an advantage when applying for jobs. And online courses are cheap so there’s that.

Here are the courses that I have completed in the last two months

Baking & Cake Decorating

In this cake baking course, you’ll learn how to bake and decorate delicious bread, cookies, pies, tarts, and cupcakes for different occasions.

British Sign Language

This online British Sign Language course is designed to teach BSL to those who have little or no knowledge of British sign language.

Sterile Services Technician

In the course, you will learn the methods of cleaning and sterilize the medical equipment. The course explains the process of cleaning and packaging

Furniture Restoration

Furniture Restoration is the process where specific pieces of furniture are cleaned or repaired to get them as close to their original state as possible.

4. Learn about money

This is probably the most important advice I can give you as your sensei. Learn more about money. Your school will not teach you about money, that’s a guarantee.

Learn what an asset is, what your liabilities are, what your expenses are. How you can minimise expenses and maximise your income. Learn about cashflow. These are things you must know. Otherwise, you’ll end up broke like so many people. 

Smart people know how to handle their money. Be smart. Learn money management now and thank me later.

Here’s a money management course that I like.

The Complete Money Management Course

5.Learn to dress well

You have seen the movie Kingsman right? If you haven’t then I highly recommend that you do. There’s a line in that movie, “manners maketh man” and dressing well is a form of good manners.

The first thing that others notice about you is your clothing. 

Sure your Converse and your cool Vans shoes look cool, but good luck getting a job if you wear them to your job interview. 

You see, when you graduate and go out in the real world, there’s a certain that you must live up to. People associate a good dresser with success. And that’s what you want.

No, I’m not saying that you should pretend to be successful, only losers do that. I’m saying start preparing for success. 

Dress up every now and then. Learn how to tie a tie, wear formal oxford shoes, a button-up shirt, and most importantly, learn to wear a suit.

Create a habit of dressing well and many opportunities will automatically open themselves to you.

My tip: everywhere you go, try to dress up a little bit more than what everyone else is wearing, don’t go overboard though. Nobody wants to see you wearing a bright red suit.

6.Relax

As a padawan, you are under a lot of pressure. I know, I remember when I was doing my A’ levels, god I don’t think I’ve ever been more stressed out. 

But looking back on it, I feel silly, all that worrying, all that tension, was for what? I now think I would have done a lot better in my studies if I had just relaxed a bit.

Don’t think about what your results are gonna be, how many A’s you get and how your result will decide your life. There are so many people out there who do so well in school and still end up unhappy and so many people who do average in school are so well off now.

At the end of the day, if you are just stressing out over your studies and not enjoying it, then you’ll never be a good learner. 

My tip: every time you feel stressed, just relax and take a step back. Ask yourself the question, will the thing that you’re so worried about now have any impact 5 years later? If the answer is yes, then think about it, but if the answer is no, then why would you destroy your mental peace over something that you’re not even gonna remember just five years later?

Conclusion

You see as a student you have to learn a lot of things. There are no ends to the things that you should know. That’s why you’re a student so that you can learn, improve and be better.

But you have to nail your basics. Some essential things that you should have a solid knowledge of, such as money, dressing well and having knowledge.

Nail these basics and you’ll be unstoppable my young padewan.

So my young padawan, we have reached the end of today’s lesson. Hope you enjoyed these 6 essential tips. 

Chao for now.

June 17, 2020

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