Have you ever noticed how productive you can be when you have to study or complete a project? Come exam time, your cupboards are clean, your bookshelf is alphabetised and all the info on your hard drive is filed in the correct folders and named perfectly. We will do practically anything to get out of studying. The problem, however, is the marks we get at the end of the day.
We thought we’d source a few tips to help you study so you can pass with flying colours.
- Start earlier
You might thrive on the late night and caffeine-induced mornings, but this is not sustainable. Also, by reviewing the information more often and over a longer period, you’ll remember it better.
- Prepare properly
Make sure you have everything you need – textbooks, water, stationary, etc. When you have everything you need, you can focus on the task at hand and won’t have to get up every couple of minutes.
- Find your happy place
It might sound silly, but you need to be in an environment that suits your study style. If you need to complete and utter silence without any distraction, then turn your table to face a clean wall and put your headphones on or go to the library.
- Old exams
Practice tests are a great way to get a feel for the type of questions that’ll be asked and to test your knowledge. (Also, sometimes you get lucky, and they repeat the questions in your test).
- Get visual
Use diagrams, flow charts and flashcards. In this way, you break the information down into smaller pieces and highlight the gaps you don’t understand.
This might sound silly, but as our man, Albert Einstein said, “if you can’t explain it simply enough, you don’t understand it well enough”. So tell your friends, family, kids, neighbours, stuffed toys, or anyone you can find about your subject matter until the person understands.
- Ask for help
If there is something you don’t understand, ask. Not the morning before you write but look for help when you need it.
- Take a break
You can’t concentrate for long periods at a time, which means you need to take regular and short breaks. Not every 10 minutes and not for 20 minutes at a time. Be productive, but give your mind time to rest and absorb the information you’ve read.
- Stay healthy
When you study, you need to fuel your brain. Snack on healthy and nutritional food. Drink lots of water. And make sure you get enough sleep and exercise.
Don’t lose hope or motivation. As long as you’ve done your part and worked, you’ll be fine. Take a breath and keep swimming.
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