Some people say that starting a blog as a student is a dumb idea because a student already has lots of work to do on a computer and so should not make it harder by creating more work. This is true, but students are going to burn away time doing things that do not seem productive. At least starting a blog is more productive than just watching TV, playing games consoles, or getting high outside of the common room. Here is how to combine blogging with your studies in a way that may actually be beneficial to your studies.
1 If You Are Going to Be at a Computer Anyway…
This is one of those “yeah but if” arguments for blogging as a student that seems to be both a wrong and right answer. If you are going to pass your time with something, then why not have it be something that you are probably going to be doing anyway. If you are already going to be at a computer during your spare time, then why not blog?
The same argument could be made if you had to drive three or four times per day, in that why not take people with you and charge a fare. What’s more, you may wish to get away from your computer if you are on it all the time anyway, but during your broken and peaceful moments, what is the harm in writing a blog post paragraph or two?
2 Rewrite Your Notes onto Your Own Blog
This is a fantastic thing to do at any rate. All you have to do is collect together the many notes that you made in a week, and turn them into PC written blog posts. Not only are you going over and writing out your notes (which is very good for memorizing things) you are also creating blog posts that are very likely to interest other students around the country. Your actions may be quite benign, as you are simply typing out your notes and saving them online as well as on your computer, but they may lead to you having quite a large following on your blog.
3 Use Your Blog as a Revision Tool
If you are going to the trouble of writing out your notes, you should also make sure they are correct and add to them with content you reword from your textbooks. Once your blog posts are up, there is nothing stopping you from using your own notes as revision tools.
They are great because not only do they remind you of the things you learned, they are also written by you so are going to be instantly understood by you. As a consequence, you will find that your revision happens a lot quicker. Just make sure that the information you upload is correct and robust enough so that you can replace a lot of your textbook revision by reading your blog posts.
4 Blog at a Certain Time Each Week and It Will Become Second Nature
Humans thrive on order and routine, which means that if you budget a time and a place for your blogging each week, then you will find that you suddenly have the time for it each week. So, all you need to do is set a plan and then make sure you follow it each week. As time goes by you will get into the habit of blogging at the same time every week, and it will make the whole blogging process a lot easier.
5 Study Ahead and Have Something to Show for It
All you have to do is read ahead in your textbooks and then write about it. This will help you to learn the new material, whilst giving you something to look at and keep as a result. This will also be quite handy in class when you have the subject matter explained to you again. Not only will you have read about it in advance, you will have written about it in advance.
6 Go over the More Complex Bits by Posting about It
Break down the thing you find difficult and write about it in sections. Post the sections on your blog and evolve your future posts so that the whole thing fits into what you once considered to be a complex idea or notion. By breaking down the problem and writing about it, you are able to see what your problem is like in smaller chunks that are easier to understand. By adding them to the blog and evolving the idea, you are allowing yourself to slowly understand this complex idea or problem.
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