By Michael Ormsby
Most people who take the GED® exam are looking for something better out of life: a better job, a better life, more options, and higher education The GED exam is a gateway to much more. But how do you get there? Often GED studiers don’t have a lot of practice making and reaching goals or a lot of confidence in their own abilities. Years of bad experiences in school don’t go away overnight. But it is possible to overcome them, and get to your goal, no matter how high you’re aiming. Here are some tips to get you focused and making progress.
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- Have a goal and a plan. Making a plan is important to staying focused If you have a goal and a plan on how to get there, you’ve got a roadmap to help keep you on track. Don’t split your time between a lot of major life goals at once. Focus on one thing at a time, and you’ll get more done, faster. Keep your main goal in mind, and make small goals along the way. If you keep track of your plan, you’ll be more focused.
- Keep organized. Have a study space, and keep all your study materials organized. Don’t let your GED materials mix in with the rest of your life. This place, these things, have a special purpose. Organization is more than just keeping your things neat and tidy, though. Organize your time. Keep a schedule. Get into a routine. The more you’re in a daily routine, the easier it is to keep up your progress. You might even add a ritual to your studying, like a cup of coffee to get you started.
- Focus on one thing at a time. If you’re working on math, keep going on math. Your mind will work better if you keep it on one track Take breaks if you need to. Go back if you need to. But don’t jump around from one thing to another constantly. Keep your focus on one thing at a time, and you’ll master that thing better. That means, minimize interruptions while you’re studying. Practice studying for longer periods every so often. It’ll increase your focus, and it’ll also help you train for the GED test.
- Prioritize. Do the most important things you need to accomplish first Don’t let little things get in the way of your main plan. Otherwise it’s too easy to get caught up in things that don’t matter all that much.
- Track your progress and reward yourself. As you move forward, you’ll get momentum from what you’ve already accomplished. Keep track of your progress, and when you’ve reached a goal, no matter how small, congratulate yourself. You’ve earned a reward.
Learning how to keep your focus and move forward more effectively is a skill that will help you throughout life. When you get that new job or get into college, you’ll keep putting these skills to work for success.