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schoolwork, time management, etc - April 2nd 2012, 10:25 PM

ok, i do online school. i get sets of books or textbooks and i have ten days to do each section (read the book or about 150 pages worth from the textbook and then like 50 from the study guide for my current one and then take the test) but i do it all last minute. there are no actual due dates but i have to have finished all of my tests by 3 years after ive started so that isnt too bad. the thing is, i can never get it done on time. i do it late and have to cram and do it all so i dont fall too far behind.

this book is american history, which i suck at and hate doing, so im especially putting it off. i cant really do it over a bunch of time or i forget more stuff, i have to generally do it all in one or two sittings and then take the test right after.

i was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to kind of do this more efficiently? preferably in a way that doesnt take much extra time. i cant really take notes, i have carpal tunnel and it hurts to write that much.

im just really bad at time management! i usually dont have much to do, but i just spend all day online or watching tv xD
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Re: schoolwork, time management, etc - April 3rd 2012, 05:54 AM

I also have carpol tunnel in both wrists. My specialist chops it up to being excessive video gaming (at one stage, I was offered a bunch of sponsorships, but I had to pass because of my carpol tunnel) and too much cricket (I used to play it almost religiously). So, I also have a hard time taking notes. Unfortunately, with my work load, it's difficult to get a handle on everything.

There are several things you can do to avoid stressing carpol tunnel whilst still getting notes/your head around all aspects in the textbook. This list isn't really exhaustive, but it's tips I have received or I have adopted myself:

1. Highlight the textbook/book in different colours. I have adopted this one, and I avoid stressing carpol tunnel by holding my highlighter between my index finger and middle finger (wedge it so you don't have to move your thumb, wrist or even fingers when you highlight).
2. Type up the highlighted part. Honestly, this one stresses my wrist, but I haven't really adopted any of the techniques below. I have figured out that if you place your three fingers across either side of the keyboard, with a thumb (from the hand with the less severe carpol tunnel) on the space bar, you can essentially avoid moving your wrists whilst still getting the job done.
3. Use voice recognition to type notes. Siri is good for this, if you have an iphone. After getting all your information onto your iphone, use an App like Evernote to transfer it to your PC so you can format it.
4. Read three times. Not recommended if you have 150 pages to read.
5. Use a tape recorder, and talk through your notes. Mark down points/times at which you move onto a seperate section. With some recorders, you can transfer it to your computer and seperate recordings for easy listening. Some programs can transcribe what you're saying, though i've never found a decent one.
6. Continue what with how you're doing it, but space it out more so your wrists don't get too stressed by the effort of holding a book.

All of this, however, is in vain unless you find an adequate way of holding your pen during exam times. I once did a three and a half hour exam, and when I got out, because I had been writing so much, my hand was frozen in the manner I hold my pen. I had to get my specialist to rub out some of the stress on my wrist. This is always my fear with exams, especially that're 3 and a half hours. It's important, during exam times, to take breaks. Stretch your legs, toes, arms and hands every 45 minutes to avoid deep vein thrombosis or stressing of carpol tunnel. Don't ignore signs that it's getting too hard; education isn't worth disfiguring yourself.

In terms of other time management techniques, there's not really much I can tell you. I cram during exam periods because I have assignments due throughout the semester and I'm honestly the worst perfectionist when it comes to assignments. My hand writing is also horrible, so I avoid writing. Typing I can handle, so I type things and take breaks every 45 minutes - 1 hour.

You should, in managing time, create a timetable of regular obligations. Allocate study periods and school periods. Allocate time for sports, social life and work commitments. Just generally allocate every specific moment in your week to a time slot.

I understand this is a lot to take in at 14. It's a big responsibility. And with carpol tunnel it can be really stressful. If you can't find anything that helps, let me know and I might be able to help with something else.

Hope this helps.

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Re: schoolwork, time management, etc - April 6th 2012, 07:38 AM

thanks. my school is online so no worries about actually writing, but i have also started having another problem. the words in the textbook are so small its giving me horrible headaches to read it unfortunately, so basically its nearly impossible to finish these sections. i have a feeling im just gonna have to get really behind on my work while i finish these and then cram all of the other tests when i get my next set of books lol. thank you though!
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Re: schoolwork, time management, etc - April 8th 2012, 09:36 AM

Maybe you need glasses? Just saying.
   
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Re: schoolwork, time management, etc - April 8th 2012, 10:08 PM

i know i need glasses. ive tried to get them like 3 times (im nearsighted in one eye and the other is still perfect) and they give me migraines. i wore them for 3 weeks, thats enough time to adjust, and i had constant horrible headaches to the point where i couldnt do anything
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