I’ve started my Wicca diploma and let me tell you, I am not a natural academic. I find studying super hard, not least because it is so easy to get distracted.

I often thank my lucky stars I grew up and went to school when I did. Had I had to contend with my phone and the pressures of social media, I’d never have got the handful of GCSEs that I did. Even then it was hard enough, I’m not a good exam taker and my ability to retain information has never been brilliant. That’s only gotten worse over the years.

And yet, this is why I want to do the course in the first place. In addition to learning to be a good, strong witch obviously. It’s about challenging myself. I think I’ve worked hard to believe myself that not all intellect can be measured by a piece of paper. Some of the brightest and most interesting people I know didn’t go to uni and that includes me. I might not be the sharpest tool but I know I have emotional intelligence and that counts in life. Sometimes more than anything.

That doesn’t mean I don’t want to achieve academic things though and this online course might not even class as academia itself – but it matters to me.

So here I am. Even the first section of this diploma has not been easy. I’ve read it over several times and have still had to dip back in to answer the questions in my first assessment. I don’t want to do it by halves and it’s okay that it doesn’t come naturally or easily. Nothing worth having ever really does.

I think I’ll be okay once I set aside some proper study time. Plus, cute stationery. I’ve already got a witchy notebook and some nice pens, and the note-taking is coming along swimmingly. That’s the main thing, right? I’ll keep it up because it is very interesting and something I’ve always wanted to learn more about.

I’ll be my own best study buddy, you’ll see. I got this.

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Academics, what’s your creative/study process?

4 thoughts on “Study Buddy

  1. For real–studying is hard and doesn’t come naturally to most people. And honestly people are fooling themselves if they think cramming for exams is doing anyone any favors. But power to you for taking on the challenge of the class!
    Admittedly it’s been some time since I’ve had to study too, but I usually opt for classical music or silence–the silence is boring AF, but otherwise I get distracted. I find it useful to have a designated study spot too if you don’t already.
    And as with everything else in life, I try to always reward myself for small steps, even if it’s just staying focused for 15 minutes (as you know, not an easy feat with all of our tech and other distractions)!
    Plus you can always enlist Glynn to quiz you or you’ll turn him into a toad (clearly I know a lot about Wicca).

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  2. I’ve just registered my interest in taking my basic GCSE’s as I never took them when I left school (because I dropped out when I was 13). It’s a scary thought to think I’m going to have to study, which I never really did before, but I really want to have some qualifications under my belt. I’ll be interested to see how you find it, and if you have any tips please do share! In the mean time, you go girl!

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