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Over the last 4 and a bit weeks, certain things have come to light for myself and it has changed the way I think about what I am doing.

My daughter arrived (Yes, I know – it is everything to me currently and it is not going to change) and suddenly the focus changed for Carrie and I. Our whole life and how we do things changed.

When it come to me personally, it only really affected me on a deep level when I started to do some training. Suddenly, the time was short and the opportunity to do the training was dramatically reduced. Gone are the days (for now) that I could go for a run just before dinner or when I get home from work.

I consulted my older brother (father to a dughter of 16 months at the time) because he had obviously was in the same boat. After a chat (whilst running – he did most of the talking), he gave me the insight that only the focus had really changed. It is how you use the time you have available that is now so critically important.

WOW! The value of training just went up ALOT!!

Looking back now, this had become apparent a few years back too, but I had not cognitively recognised it. I was a student full time for a long period and now had to start working. Whilst working I had to study as part of the articles I was serving with an auditing firm. This study was now part time and after hours! Same principle!

It does not matter what you have going on, time to yourself is precious. When you do use that time – there is certainly a concentration of effort in that time. This does not mean you have to work at a super fast fast or sprint the 5 km you planned, it means that when you are doing that activity – your mind is completely focused on that and nothing else.

What are you doing with that precious time?

Are you using to the full?

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If you learn, you grow. (to quote the National Geographic ad)

“Why am I doing this?” is a question I keep asking myself.  “What are you going to do with it when you are finished?” is what everyone keeps asking me.  Mostly I answer that I don’t really know but that is not completely true.

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Why do students fail?

There are only 2 reasons to fail.
Seriously? I can think of many reasons though.
Yes, I am serious. Whether you are at school, varsity, young or old, you will only fail for 2 reasons. This ebook will not only tell you those two reasons but give you methods on how to pass.
Reason 1: Lack of knowledge.
Fairly easy to figure this one out – you just do not have the information to put down on the paper and you fail. Simple. Easy. Horrible to witness.
Solutions to pass:
These solutions are not how to get the information into your head (Far too broad to write on) but rather techniques and hints on how to make sure are at optimal performance when studying that information.
1. Diet. You heard it before and it’s true. You are what you eat. If you eat badly then you will perform badly. A good healthy diet will provide your body and brain with the nutrients to help you retain that knowledge.
2. Exercise. Together with diet – exercise will maintain healthy body but more importantly give your brain a complete break from the studying. This will help you focus when you hit the books again. Do not do a marathon training routine if you have not exercised for a while but rather a 20 minute walk 3 to 5 times a week will do the trick.
3. The 5 minute rule. If you battle to sit down to study – try this. Say ‘I am just going to study for 5 minutes’. Before you know it – you will studying and the 5 minutes are over long ago.
Reason 2: Lack of technique.
More often than not this applies to students. You have the knowledge but you fail because of bad exam technique. I personally have failed many exams for this reason. This reason often happens to people further on in their studies when the knowledge is there and its only techniques of getting it on paper that fail you.
Solutions to pass:
1. Papers papers papers. Beg, borrow, and get your hands on past papers or mock exams or whatever you call them. Get them and practise, practice and then practice some more. When doing this there are additional things to do – mark them and analyse where you went wrong. List these points and concentrate next time to correct these mistakes.
2. Practice time management. In exams you have limited time. Analyse the time you have and split it up into smaller chunks as per the question. For example: you have 2 hours (120 minutes). Your paper is 100 marks. That’s 1.2 minutes per mark. If you have a 10 mark question – you only have 12 minutes to spend on it. Once you hit that time limit – stop and move on to the next question. You have to stick to the limit and you have to practice this technique. Otherwise it will freak you out on the day.
3. Read what’s required. My mom always drummed into our heads ‘read the question!’. Read the question – then answer it! Simple? Easy? Do it.
4. Plan the solution – plan the answer. Do a rough sketch of the answer before you start writing. This way you will remember to write all the points that you know and will not forget them. Try it on a practice question.

The above information is an excerpt from my ebook and all email subscribers will receive a free copy when you sign up!
Additional material is also in the ebook. Sign up and receive it free!


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(I am a Christian and this post is written from that frame of reference. There is no bias in it and it is relevant to all religions and their ‘gods’)
I am amazed how many Christians rely on their God to make it through whatever it is they are going through. To see it is awesome and inspiring indeed. The problem to me is when they rely on God when they have not or are not prepared to do their side of the deal.
Let me paint a few pictures. They may not all apply to you, but I hope you get the overall point.
1) You are writing a big exam and you did not do any studying and you fail or do not get the mark that you think you ‘deserve’. You blame God.
2) You are expecting to get the big raise and or promotion. You have done nothing more than usual or over and above what you normally do. You do not get the raise or promotion. You actually get a disciplinary reprimand for not doing your job. You blame God (or your boss).
3) You enter an athletic event but do not train as you should or hoped to. You land up doing a bad time or even drop out and do not finish. You blame God
The question is: how is God going to help you when you have not done your side? Yes he is all powerful and can do anything. I believe that and trust Him to do that. I will illustrate it another way: I register for a course in art with a local teacher. I do not go to classes and at the end of the course I pray and pray that God will get me through the exam with an awesome painting – sorry – not going to happen!
Stop blaming God for your shortfalls! I am to blame here – I can honestly say I do not blame God very often but I have asked the big questions of Him.
My theory to this is simple and it’s an adaption of my mom’s old favourite saying before exams. She always says ‘do your best and guess the rest’. Good advice. My saying is ‘do your best and let God do the rest’.
He ALWAYS does his side of things – what’s your excuse for not doing your side?

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Generally, students and people around them come up with many different reasons for failing. I have been studying for quite some time and has realized that there are really only two reasons for failure in terms of studying  and the writing of exams.
The reasons for failing:

  1. Lack knowledge
  2. Lack of technique
This ebook is very useful and I have used the information to prepare for my upcoming exams in 2 weeks time!

What does this ebook contain?
  • The two reasons for failing
  • 12 ways to overcome the reasons
  • Additional tips for on the day of the exam 

Currently it is only available in PDF format but it will soon be published to Kindle format.
The price of $2 is a bargain when compared to other ebooks.

When you want to buy the ebook please send an email to me and i will send you banking details (sorry no Paypal as yet) and when payment is made – the ebook will be emailed to you*.

* Terms and conditions apply.

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