Six Simple Study Tips
There is a saying “Keep it Simple” which is why we have surveyed our teachers and students to learn their tricks surviving the exams. While we did get some unique (watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – perhaps a post for another day!) we were able to condense all their tips, tricks and advice into six simple yet essential pointers.
1. Choose a study environment that suits you
Your study area should have minimal distractions. These days mobile phones, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be an endless source of distraction. Try to put the social media away while you’re studying for an exam. You can also try new environments, you might benefit from a change of scenery. For example, you can try studying at the local library, or move to a different room in your house or maybe even do some reading outside.
2. Find your own study techniques
Everyone studies differently. Instead of just writing summary notes you may find that flashcards or mindmaps work better for you. Flashcards can help you memorise your notes by writing questions on the front of the card and the answers on the back, then you can test yourself. Many students also find making mnemonics and acronyms good memorising techniques. Mindmaps can help you memorise information in a way that is visually stimulating, programs such as mindjet are good for making mindmaps and ideal for subjects that require memorising a lot of content like legal studies, modern history, ancient history and biology. Translating your notes into these different formats also forces you to summarise, understand and critically think about your notes rather than just rote learn them.
3. Manage your time
It’s always a good idea to write yourself a study timetable, this allows you to see everything that you need to study, gets you organised and helps you manage your time more effectively. Timetables are also good for you to get used to a study routine.
4. Make sure you get enough sleep
It is important to get plenty of rest to make sure you can concentrate and perform at school. Avoid caffeine as it will affect your performance and energy levels
A lot of students complain about weight gain during exam time, taking time out to exercise actually has positive effects not only for your physical wellbeing but also your mental health. Research shows that exercise helps relieve stress and increase concentration and focus. So whether it’s going for an intense run or a brisk walk, make sure you do yourself a favour and exercise.
6. Reward yourself!
Studying is hard work so make sure you give yourself positive reinforcement by rewarding solid study sessions. This could be by watching your favourite show, giving yourself a sweet treat or meeting up with your friends for a movie. This can help you stay motivated and give you something to look forward to.