• Question: Did you study every night to get to where you are today?

    Asked by Anya A to Steve, Rob, Sophie, Mark, Abigail on 7 Jun 2021.
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      Abigail Seager answered on 7 Jun 2021:

      Hi! I found some subjects quite difficult, so I had a study hard to understand them. But I had lots of hobbies too so I had to find a good balance between studying hard to get the grades I wanted and having time to have fun with friends and take part in my hobbies too. I probably did some study most nights, but I had days off too 🙂

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      Rob Gilbert answered on 7 Jun 2021:

      For me it depends. Around exam time I would be revising every day but still make sure I have evenings to relax and have fun. But normally in school, college, or university I’d be studying in the daytime between classes for a few hours and maybe working on projects a few evenings a week.

      I think the important thing is to actually work when you set aside time to do it. If you procrastinate instead of doing the work it’s easy to waste a lot of time and have neither fun or learnt anything. And if you are stuck, ask for help!

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      Mark Eyles answered on 8 Jun 2021:

      Hi Anya, I didn’t but with the benefit of hindsight I should have spent more time studying. I entered Engineering through an Apprenticeship. This involved roughly 50% practical work and 50% study. As a young man I enjoyed the practical side of things much more than the academic. As I matured I started to see the magic of the theory and now have the benefit of both. If I had studied more at a younger age I would have seen the magic sooner and been able to benefit earlier. Study is important but there has to be balance. My advice to anyone these days is – do what you can, push yourself now to gain the benefits later but remember to have fun along the way.

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      Sophie Dawson answered on 10 Jun 2021:

      I studied hard when exams were coming up but I made sure to give myself a few days off here and there, and tried to fit some fun activities around studying so I had something to look forward to. When it wasn’t exam time, I kept on top of my work by writing up my notes and getting questions done most evenings, but only for an hour or two each evening, with at least one evening a week off to see my friends.