This page describes how I
got a nervous breakdown back in the 1990s for too much studying and lack of
This is what I did. You are NOT advised to
follow it or you face the same destiny.
It is necessary to study everyday if possible.
The teachers speak and
we must write down as much as possible not paying attention if what they say is
all about the same thing. Then, at home, grab the books and dossier and try to
find what the teachers said (or close) in the books and develop the subject
according to the books and to what the teachers said, writing it down on new
sheets. It is very important to write down a new dossier
with all explanations and very readable characters, using colours if
possible because they help memorise things.
Remember also that teachers will only teach the
minimum possible, the rest is up to us. We must, on our own, get the remaining.
Let the lessons stay
behind the least possible. And, if they stay behind, use the holidays or the
weekends to try to put them up-to-date.
Use symbols and abbreviations to make writing faster
and shorter. Shorter means we can read faster what is written. Also, use Maths sheets because the lines are smaller and more text will fit. Use association of easy words to memorise better hard expressions.
use every spare minute to study — read, resume, try to memorise, first
the subject of the paragraphs and then the body. On our way to the university
we can study inside the bus/train using that useless time. Then, when arriving
at home, we will have more free time for other things.
I think that at home it is
better to study at night because everyone is sleeping and there is no background
noise. Just lay down in the couch in the living room with the light on. Just
us, the books and the dossier and sometimes the TV on to make the time go by
If we have
any questions regarding the subject being studied write them down and ask the
teacher all the questions about that and the past lessons at the end of the
class. Never give up, it will show the teachers our full interest and will help
us understand things better. Also, ask the colleagues who
seem to be better at the subject if we are bothering the teachers
too much or if the teacher explanations are not good enough.
3. Exams arriving
When the exams start approaching is when the real
problems begin because there are too many exams and we only have a few days
between each one.
advice is to study for the nearest exam but also spend some time
preparing for the next one.
When classes finish and it is
“holiday” time for exams, sometimes one must
study up to 12+ hours/day, always with the dossier in your hand,
reading over and over again.
After studying a lot our head will start
hurting so one needs medicines to make it stop. Also, grab one or
more blank sheets and write there the whole subject by topics, making it easier
to see it all.
The two medicines (probably no longer exist) I took a lot were:
— Anvitol ;It is a box with
blisters to improve/restore our energy both physical and mental. I took two blisters/day several months before the exams and three near them;
— Aspegic 1000 (dust clone of
aspirin) ;I took it when my head started hurting and also before going
to an exam to avoid having a
headache during it.
LAST UPDATED: 16.FEB.2018