A chess training log is a personal record of your games, your weaknesses and strengths, and what you study. It is one of the best tools you can use if your goal is to improve.
In a journal, patterns and performance trends become clear. Your rating on a given day does not tell you much, but comparing the pattern of rise or fall against your training will help you identify what works for you and what doesn’t.
When studying anything, I’ve always struggled with consistency. I would procrastinate most of the time and cram before an exam or a chess tournament: not an effective method.
I’ve tried for years to study for one hour on week days – not a lot when you’re in college, but better than nothing. I would keep my resolution for 2 days maybe 3 and then I went back to my old habits.
I’m not very good at change. In fact, I don’t like the process of changing. It’s uncomfortable and tiring.
My learning style is 15% auditory, 35% visual and 50% tactile. I’m a “hands-on” learner, I need to do a lot of exercises to remember anything. I’m also, to a lesser extend, a visual learner, I memorize well with videos.
GM Igor Smirnov’s courses are divided in 2 parts: the first one is the video lessons and the second one is the practical part which contains exercises. So his lectures fit my learning style.
I am 30 years old and I am not talented at chess. I plateaued between 1463 and 1497 for more than two years. However my FIDE rating went from 1497 (in september 2015) to 1594 (in september 2016): see my FIDE profile.