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How I Overcame Fear and Found My Love of Teaching, Travel and Chopsticks

Hello , This is one of the final posts of my overcoming fear series. These are testimonies from different people. Ride Along


“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

A few years ago I received a terrifying email.

“We are pleased to inform you that you have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea…”

Perhaps I should back up a bit. I was in my senior year in college, and had no idea what I wanted to pursue after graduation.

I did know that I wanted to think big. I wanted to see the world, to do exciting things, to have a life worth sharing.

It was a new concept among my circle of influence. Most of the people I knew at that time were either settling into regular jobs or about to get married. Very few individuals from the town I grew up in had ever even left the state. No one I knew had been to Asia.

“College is the best time of your life,” the adults in my life told me over and over again. “Take advantage of your freedom while you still have it.”

So I did.

I applied, mostly on a whim, to the Fulbright scholarship in South Korea.

I had never been to Asia and wanted to study an Asian language, and Korean was less intimidating than Chinese or Japanese or Khmer, the language of Cambodia. That was about the extent of the thought process that went into my decision as to where I would apply.

I never thought I’d be accepted, though.

And when I was, I was so scared, I almost didn’t go.

In the end, though, I finally decided that Fulbright was just too good an opportunity to pass up, no matter how scared I was.

My year in South Korea was hands down the hardest year of my life. It was also my most rewarding year. I made friendships to last a lifetime. I found an internal strength I never knew existed. I developed a vastly different view of the world than I had had before I left.

Sometimes I imagine how different my life would be if I hadn’t applied to Fulbright – or worse, if I had been awarded a spot, but had turned it down out of fear of the unknown.

I would never have found my love of teaching, or eating with chopsticks, or Korean fried chicken, or patbingsu, a korean dessert made mostly of red bean paste and shaved ice. I would never have met the precious students whose eager attitudes and sweet spirits made my job such a joy to wake up to every morning. I would never have seen fabulous cultural exhibitions like the lantern, mask dance or ice festivals. I would never have become confident in my ability to handle solo traveling by touring all over southeast Asia during my winter break. I would never have experienced the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, the Golden Palace in Japan, or the DMZ border between North and South Korea.

My life would be so different if I had let myself be governed by my fear. Graduate, get a job, get married, settle down. The classic American story. There is nothing wrong with this story, mind you. But there is also no requirement that we all follow this pattern.

One of the top regrets of the dying is “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Korea taught me that, if there is something you want to attempt, you should do everything you can to go for it.

Korea taught me that you should do things that scare you.

The challenges you are imagining are probably not as insurmountable as you may think they are, and the rewards are likely far more numerous than you could ever dream.

Life is not about doing everything perfectly. It’s not about living the life that people expect of you.

Life is about living to the fullest degree that you can.

Don’t let fear – of the unknown, of your own abilities, of what people will think – be the deciding factor of your life.

What scary decisions have you been considering lately? What can you do today to take a step toward pushing through your fear?

Story retrieved from Possibility of change



The Key to overcoming fear is taking immediate ACTION

Hello , This is one of the final posts of my overcoming fear series. These are testimonies from different people. Ride Along


Before I ever wrote a single word for anyone outside of my immediate family to read, I had a tremendous, debilitating fear of failing. In fact, I was afraid of just about anything. One day, for no reason at all, and with no explanation, I realized that I was wasting my life being afraid of things that did not matter.

I waited a long time in my life to write because I was afraid people would reject my work. I was afraid people would ignore it, mock me, or even worse.


I learned recently though, that if we live our lives afraid we miss out on freedom. For me, the key to overcoming fear was to take immediate action. I am not suggesting foolish action, but, take this story for example:

If you were faced with having to cross a bridge to get to your family or other loved ones, what would you do?

Now, imagine the bridge to be so high off the ground that the people at the bottom look like small dots.

Or, imagine the danger below the bridge to be imminent death should you fall from it.

Adding to this, imagine the bridge having a slight sway in it, and with every step, the entire bridge moves. How do you cross the bridge?

You run.

You sprint.

You tell fear to jump off the bridge and you get to your family.

Fear can paralyze us if we allow it to. I used to be afraid of encouraging others with my words until I realized that my words have tremendous power. All of our words have tremendous power, not just mine.

I overcame fear by taking the exact action I was afraid of taking. Speaking in front of people? Yes, that is a fear of mine. I do it anyway. Meeting new people? Yep. That’s another one.

Maybe you are afraid to take a step towards your goal. Maybe you are afraid to forgive someone. Maybe you are afraid of forgiving yourself.

Fear can paralyze you and rob you of experiencing the fullness of life.

What if I told you, you have more than enough power to overcome fear?

What fear(s) do you face? What makes you tremble?

Overcome it by taking action. Run. Sprint. Cross your bridge and enjoy your life!

Retrieved from Huffington Post


I was afraid of travelling, then i got into an aeroplane crash

Hello , This is one of the final posts of my overcoming fear series. These are testimonies from different people. Ride Along


I’m agoraphobic, which means that I sometimes deal with irrational fear related to travel. Beginning in childhood, travel often sent me into a full-body, nauseous, sweaty panic attack.

It hasn’t kept me housebound since a brief, harrowing period in my early twenties, but those memories remain with me. In some way, every flight I take is a small victory for the suicidal, terrified young woman I was back then, a girl whose closest thing to a win was walking down the driveway holding her parents’ hands and saying, “OK. This is enough for today.”

Thanks in large part to therapy and medication, my life is now quite different. As an author and comedian, I travel frequently and with relative ease. But on a recent flight from the south to Chicago, I experienced something that at least felt like real danger.

As our plane approached O’Hare, everything seemed normal. Cute babies napped (thank goodness), polite adults used headphones to listen to music (thank goodness). I sat beside a very pretty young woman who was sweet and quiet, and I did my best to return the favor. We descended, and I got ready to turn on my cellphone in just a few moments.

And then we bounced off the ground. Hard.

It was a jarring experience, literally. Things fell down, and up, and sideways. A few people screamed. Babies woke up and screamed. No one had told us anything, but as the plane bucked and swayed into a sudden ascent, it seemed clear something had gone wrong.

A strange calm settled into my belly. Three thoughts came quickly, but without fear.

“I love my Mom and Dad and I’m glad they know it.”

“If I have to die, at least I’m listening to my favorite Fleetwood Mac album.” (You’d think it would be Rumours, but it was actually the 1997 reunion album The Dance featuring the heavenly University of Southern California Marching Band.)

The guy behind me said to his seatmate, ‘It wasn’t pretty, but it never is. We landed safe. That’s all that matters.’

“I don’t have children or a husband or wife or girlfriend or boyfriend or partner of unspecified gender identification and I’m glad I won’t leave anyone bereaved in those particular ways. It’s a bummer to lose your mom or your ladyfriend.”

We struggled back into the air with some rather dramatic, stomach-churning dips and bobbles. During one particular jolt, a few adults said, “Oh my God!” in unison. One woman said, “What the hell?” and then immediately apologized for cussing (this was, after all, a flight that originated in Charleston). Her seatmate, a stranger, held her hand and told her it was OK and he didn’t know what the hell was going on, either.

Whether or not the pilot was actually struggling to gain control of his craft, it felt like he was having a hard time. And due to the lack of communication, we had no way of knowing what was actually going on. (In retrospect I’m glad he focused on his job rather than on our feelings.)

I looked at my seatmate to check on her. Sometimes if I’m sad or scared it helps me to help somebody else feel better. I call it “selfish benevolence”. She seemed cool as a cucumber. I realized I was in the presence of a genteel badass. The south is full of these women. I considered asking for her email but in the south and elsewhere it’s generally considered poor form to hit on somebody as you both face potential death.

After about 20 minutes, we landed. And everything was fine. The pilot said, “Sorry folks – we came in too close for a landing and had to go around.” It seemed like a reasonable explanation. I accepted it. I also accepted that if there were other reasons, I would never know them.

As we taxied down the runway, the guy behind me said to his seatmate, “It wasn’t pretty, but it never is. We landed safe. That’s all that matters.” He turned out to be an off-duty pilot.

In the terminal, I texted my younger brother. He was sympathetic for exactly 90 seconds. Then our inherited affection for gallows humor took over (my mother correctly pins this on my father; I’d expand it to include the Irish diaspora and its descendants in general). My brother said, “What if it did crash and you’re a ghost now and you don’t know it yet?”

“I guess I could haunt the sushi bar,” I said. “People love it there.” O’Hare and Denver share the distinction of having some actually well-reviewed airport restaurants on site.

There was no time to reflect; I had to catch a connecting flight. Had to keep moving. Had to get to where I was going: Los Angeles, city of dreams and guys with thriving life-coaching practices.

I jogged to the plane, the last one to board. In my seat, I had a moment to breathe.

“Well, that happened,” I said.

The plane took off. We landed in Los Angeles without a hitch. And I went home to my neighborhood, with its palm trees and pretty little old houses and rich folks and homeless folks and everyone in between, the renters and the buyers and the stars and the nobodies like me. And it wasn’t until I was in bed that night that I realized I hadn’t panicked.

Small victories. I take them whenever I can.

Story retrieved from The Guardian



After taking a walk to the bus stand, my feet were hurting a lil bit. “New shoe syndrome ” i thought. At the end of the day however i just couldnt wait to get home and take them off. At about 1823 hrs as i waited for a bus , i sat and looked at how they fit me so well .No one could imagine such a lovely pair of shoes would be that terrible.

The same goes to our lives.No body actually knows what you feel (unless you chose to tell them)  You may look at a person and say “how i wish i had her life” Maybe she/he is saying the same about you.

As perfect as other peoples lives may look infront of our eyes .There is so much we do not see. There is so much we do not know. We dont know about their pain & suffering.

I will wear those shoes again. I just have to find a way to wear them without getting sore feet.

This teaches us three major things we can aplly in our daily life.

Look on the bright side. As much as i would love to complain about the shoes, i didnt. They looked so good . Whatever situation you are in, there is always a bright side. Look on that side. There is always something positive about everything . When you train your mind to do that , eventually you will become a more positive person

You are not alone . Next time you board the bus, don’t just take out your phone and chat. Turn the person on your right and say how hard life is for you. Most of them will show you that you are not the only one feeling that . So why worry?

Dont get comfortable. At a certain point, i actually had to sit down , loosen my sandals abit and continue with my journey. I felt much better after that and was able to walk much faster.Do something about what makes you uncomfortable.Only you know that.


Overcoming Fear

In the three last articles, we have been able to understand and define fear, know the basic types of fear and finally know what fear keeps us from. This is the second part of this #overcomingfear.

Julien Smith—in an amazing and potentially offensive essay—tells you to ask yourself a crucial, basic question: What am I afraid of? While it might seem banal on the surface, it’s actually a great question to ask when you’re faced with difficult decisions.

Give it a try.

I don’t want to say “no” to that person. What am I afraid of?

I can’t write the novel I’ve always dreamed of writing. What am I afraid of?

I can’t learn to play that instrument I’ve always wanted to play. What am I afraid of?

I can’t exercise and eat healthy foods. What am I afraid of?

I can’t quit the job I hate to pursue my passion. What am I afraid of?

I can’t [fill in the blank]. What am I afraid of?

The answer to this question is almost always ridiculous: I’m afraid people won’t like me anymore. I’m afraid people won’t love me anymore. I’m afraid people won’t respect me anymore.

Chances are you have manufactured these false fears, and it is these manufactured fears that keep you from doing what you want to do (or, in the case of our physical items, fears that are keeping you from getting rid of certain things that have no real value—things that have no real meaning in your life).

We have good news, though: fear is a choice. You choose to be afraid—and you can choose to live without fear. All you must do is make a conscious decision: a decision to not be afraid. When something stands in your way, you must ask yourself: What am I afraid of?

So many people have chosen to get rid of their fears and move on with a meaningful life. But don’t take our word for it—try it out yourself:
Write that novel.
Take yoga classes.
Do something you wouldn’t normally do.
Live your life.
Live a better life.
What are you afraid of?

It’s time to stop being afraid of whatever is preventing you from being happy, whatever is preventing you from being free—starting with the simplest task you have been wanting to do. You don’t have to start with a big decision. For example, the first step of living healthy is to buy a water bottle.

Next steps…

Your biggest fears are completely dependent on you for their survival.  Every new day is another chance to change your life, and it’s way too short to let fear interfere.  Today, focus your conscious mind on things you desire, not things you fear.  Doing so can bring your dreams to life.

Your turn…                                         

What has fear stolen from you?  What has it stopped you from doing, being, or achieving?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community.

Seven fear facts no one told you.

You have probably had one of those moments where you imagine something so cool and the next minute you are like “no way what if it doesn’t happen?”, “no I’d rather remain this way.” The same brain that helps us have colorful imaginations, tries to talk you out of it. When the cause of you not doing something is fear you could be missing out on a lot of things. The following things could be (or are actually happening) to your life.

Fear keeps you stuck

You probably want to quit that draining job to do something that will actually serve your purpose the most. You don’t stop complaining about the job and you still keep doing it. This doesn’t mean that everything you complain about should be left but if what you do serves your inner purpose, then why complain? Some of us prefer a familiar kind of pain than a new you’d rather complain about your job, friend or life, than actually doing something about it


Fear prevents you from giving and receiving too.

As we interact with people, we exchange a lot of ideas and help each other through. Fear of separation, rejection, abandonment and loss of connectedness keeps one from investing and being invested would rather remain boxed up in his / her own world than risking being rejected or abandoned Although it is nice when gestures of love are returned, true love is one-way traffic.  It’s a pure flow of giving and expecting nothing in return.  Anything else is a contract.  Notice how whenever you allow love to flow you are always clear, calm and strong.  It is only when the thought arises, “What have they given me in return?” that there is confusion and resentment.  Ego transacts, love transforms.  Life is too short for all these meticulous contracts and transactions. Look out for yourself by focusing your love in a direction that feels right to you, but once you decide to love, remain clear, remain bright, and remain strong.  Love without expectation.  Don’t let fear get in your way.  When the love you give is true, the people worthy of your love will gradually reveal themselves over time


Fear prevents you from being your best and following your true path.

One out of 500 people actually live and serve their purpose in the US. Don’t be fooled by what others say, especially when they try to tell you what is right for you.  Listen and then draw your own conclusions.  What is your intuition telling you? There is not a clear path that everyone should follow.  Your greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding in life at all the wrong things.  Choose a path that fits YOU.  Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.  Challenge yourself to ask with each and every step, and each focus point that consumes your energy: “Does this thing I’m doing right now truly serve me and those I care about in the next few minutes, few months, and few years?”

Whatever you settle on, just make sure you don’t gain the whole world by losing your soul and purpose in the process.

Fear diminishes your self-respect.

When you see yourself as less, you are giving room for people to do the same. Don’t be too hard on yourself.  There are plenty of people willing to do that for you.  Do your best and surrender the rest.  Tell yourself, “I am doing the best I can with what I have in this moment.  That is all I can ever expect of anyone, including me.”  Love yourself and be proud of everything you do, even your mistakes, because your mistakes mean you’re trying.

If you feel like others are not treating you with love and respect, check your price tag.  Perhaps you subconsciously marked yourself down.  Because it’s YOU who tells others what your worth by showing them what you are willing to accept for your time and attention.  So get off the clearance rack.  If you don’t value and respect yourself, wholeheartedly, no one else will either.

Fear keeps you from having the right company.

Sadly, no matter how much love you give, some relationships simply aren’t meant to be.  You can try your hardest, you can do everything and say everything, but sometimes people just aren’t worth stressing over anymore, and they aren’t worth worrying about.  It’s important to know when to distance yourself from someone who only hurts you and brings you down.  When you give your love to someone, truly and purely without expectation, and it’s never good enough for them, there’s a good chance you’re giving your love to the wrong person.

The bottom line is that long-term relationships should help you, not hurt you.  Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and like-minded.  And remember, good relationships are a sacred bond – a circle of trust.  Both parties must be 100% on board.  If and when the time comes to let a relationship go, don’t be hostile.  Simply thank the relationships that don’t work out for you, because they just made room for the ones that will.

Fear prevents you from priceless opportunities and experiences

As Thich Nhat Hanh so perfectly said, “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.  Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

In many cases you stay stuck in your old routines for no other reason than that they are familiar to you.  In other words, you’re afraid of change and the unknown.  You continually put your dreams and goals off until tomorrow, and you pass on great opportunities simply because they have the potential to lead you out of your comfort zone.

You start using excuses to justify your lack of backbone: “Someday when I have more money,” or “when I’m older,” or the over-abused “I’ll get to it as soon as I have more time.”  This is a vicious cycle that leads to a deeply unsatisfying life – a way of thinking that eventually sends you to your grave with immense regret.  Regret that you didn’t follow your heart.  Regret that you always put everyone else’s needs before your own.  Regret that you didn’t do what you could have done when you had the chance.


Fear keeps you from making concrete decisions

You cannot live your life at the mercy of chance.  You cannot stumble along with a map marked only with the places you fear, or the places you know you don’t want to revisit.  You cannot remain trapped, endlessly, in a state where you are unable to ask for directions, even though you’re terribly lost, because you don’t know your destination.

You have to commit to goals that speak to you.  You have to stand up, look at yourself in the mirror, and say, “It isn’t good enough for me to know only what I DON’T want in life.  I need to decide what I DO want.”

In some ways, fear is a good thing – it keeps us safe and prevents us from doing things that might harm us. It’s fear that keeps us from venturing into dangerous places and from doing things we’re not prepared for. A healthy dose of fear is a wonderful thing to have.

On the other hand, fear can prevent us from doing things that would be great for us – if we could only figure out a way to face and overcome those fears.


The Basic Types of Fear

President Franklin Roosevelt famously asserted,

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

I think he was right: Fear of fear probably causes more problems in our lives than fear itself.

Medical experts tell us that the anxious feeling we get when we’re afraid is a standardized biological reaction. It’s pretty much the same set of body signals, whether we’re afraid of getting bitten by a dog, getting turned down for a date, or getting our taxes audited.the thought of loosing someone or something you have had your whole life (or since you were 10) is a nightmare .yet we go through that all the time .fear like other emotions is basically gives us knowledge and understanding on our physical and biological status.there are five basic fears from which all our fears arise from. Once you have learnt these you can then relate to all your fears.

  1. Extinction—the fear of ceasing to exist. This is a more fundamental way to express it than just calling it “fear of death.” The idea of no longer being arouses a primary existential anxiety in all normal humans. Consider that panicky feeling you get when you look over the edge of a high building.
  2. Mutilation—the fear of losing any part of our precious bodily structure; the thought of having our body’s boundaries invaded, or of losing the integrity of any organ, body part, or natural function. Anxiety about animals, such as bugs, spiders, snakes, and other creepy things arises from fear of mutilation.
  3. Loss of Autonomy—the fear of being immobilized, paralyzed, restricted, enveloped, overwhelmed, entrapped, imprisoned, smothered, or otherwise controlled by circumstances beyond our control. In physical form, it’s commonly known as claustrophobia, but it also extends to our social interactions and relationships.
  4. Separation—the fear of abandonment, rejection, and loss of connectedness; of becoming a non-person—not wanted, respected, or valued by anyone else. The “silent treatment,” when imposed by a group, can have a devastating psychological effect on its target.
  5. Ego-death—the fear of humiliation, shame, or any other mechanism of profound self-disapproval that threatens the loss of integrity of the Self; the fear of the shattering or disintegration of one’s constructed sense of lovability, capability, and worthiness.

Think about the various common labels we put on our fears. Start with the easy ones: fear of heights or falling is basically the fear of extinction (possibly accompanied by significant mutilation, but that’s sort of secondary). Fear of failure? Read it as fear of ego-death. Fear of rejection? That’s fear of separation, and probably also fear of ego-death. The terror many people have at the idea of having to speak in public is basically fear of ego-death. Fear of intimacy, or “fear of commitment,” is basically fear of losing one’s autonomy.

Some other emotions we know by various popular names are just aliases for these primary fears. If you track them down to their most basic levels, the basic fears show through. Jealousy, for example, is an expression of the fear of separation, or devaluation: “She’ll value him more than she values me.” At its extreme, it can express the fear of ego-death: “I’ll be a worthless person.” Envy works the same way.

Shame and guilt express the fear of—or the actual condition of—separation and even ego-death. The same is true for embarrassment and humiliation.

Fear is often the base emotion on which anger floats. Oppressed people rage against their oppressors because they fear—or actually experience—loss of autonomy and even ego-death. The destruction of a culture or a religion by an invading occupier may be experienced as a kind of collective ego-death. Those who make us fearful will also make us angry.

Religious  intolerance may express the fear of ego-death on a cosmic level, and can even extend to existential anxiety: “If my god isn’t the right god, or the best god, then I’ll be stuck without a god. Without god on my side, I’ll be at the mercy of the impersonal forces of the environment. My ticket could be canceled at any moment, without a reason.”

Some of our fears, of course, have basic survival value. Others, however, are learned reflexes that can be weakened or re-learned.

That strange idea of “fearing our fears” becomes less strange when we realize that many of our avoidance reactions—turning down an invitation to a party if we tend to be uncomfortable in groups; putting off a doctor’s appointment; or not asking for a raise—are instant reflexes that are reactions to the memories of fear. They happen so quickly that we don’t actually experience the full effect of the fear. We experience a “micro-fear”—a reaction that’s a kind of shorthand code for the real fear. This reflex reaction has the same effect of causing us to evade and avoid as the real fear. This is why it’s fairly accurate to say that many of our so-called fear reactions are actually the fears of fears.

When we let go of our notion of fear as the welling up of evil forces within and begin to see fear and its companion emotions as basically information, we can think about them consciously. And the more clearly and calmly we can articulate the origins of the fear, the less our fears will frighten us and control us.



        I am a high school graduate. I never really struggled with passing exams as a young student till I became a high always seemed like there was always homework to be done, a test to study for and so much crap that didn’t seem to get done on time and good. Till I spoke to one of my teachers and I took his advice.  He told me some things and I learnt more in the I have put together what helped me go through high school and get the grades I wanted to. I am hoping you will find them helpful.

1. Have a positive attitude and participate in class.

Your fellow students want to help you succeed as much as you want to see them succeed. So smile to your colleagues, talk to them like you need to and  be friendly.

Do not just sit. Engage , Ask ,Challenge and be challenged . Be fully present . It is a fraction of your life. It matters

2. Make sacrifices.

I took physics, chemistry, biology and math so my hands were  full most of the time. I had to find time in the middle of the night, early mornings and extended my sleep time and holidays too. I am  going to study Medicine  in university .I know it is going to be very challenging and there are more sacrifices to be made. At the end day It didn’t hurt to look back and say ” hey I hustled really hard and made it.”  If I had not worked hard and sacrificed how I did then I would feel guilty and unaccomplished . Who wants that ?

3. Familiarize yourself and make it a part of your life.

All those atoms, wars, protons, hormones and anatomy isn’t what you really live with in the normal world.Why not connect what you are studying with your life. There is this chemistry formula for finding pH of buffer solution that I couldn’t cram. so I put together a sentence that assisted me very well. I wont tell you because it was super weird.

4. Manage your time properly.

And don’t waste others’ time. Better early than late. If there is anything that takes your time, then be sure to make it wait for you instead. For example, our teachers would call us and keep us waiting for like 30 minutes. So some of us would carry our  summaries and keep reading as we waited. And almost everyone soon adopted the habit.

5. Do it when it’s hot.

Have you ever tried washing a two-week dirty plate? Yes, I get the feeling .so the same goes for school work. if you keep an assignment undone for two weeks or more unless it is a project it then becomes a liability. So try your best and do assignment and homework asap.

How about starting now.

6. Do one thing at time.

yes, just like that. the way to do this is to have a planner. plan ahead  how your day is going to go and include the tiny chores like buying tissue paper and you are most likely not going to just sit there. Know your class time-table and plan your day in accordance with it.

7. Map out your life.
You should have goals. there is no way you are toiling without a goal. Whether it is to get a good GPA or to get to the university of your dreams. Just think of that as a reason for all the toil and you’ll know it is worth it.

8. Find the magic spot and time.

There is that place and time where you just experiment with a lot of places till you find it. For me my spot was the library and I tried as much as I could to carry all my equipment before I left for the library because nothing sucks like finally settling down then remembering you forgot a highlighter. Also you should know what your best time to study is. Is it afternoon, early morning or late at night. This brings us to the next tip.

9. Have the equipment

whether it is a book, a ruler, calculator or anything that you have to make reference from, you should at least know where to get them from. You can check free online websites which you can read or download your study materials.

10. Work on the areas you are weak at.

Studying something you know may be so fun and doing questions you enjoy too. But that won’t step up your grades. you should work on the areas that trouble you and that is the only way you can go from one group of grades to another.