Saturday, 28 May 2016

How to study smart

Get all study  materials together

Before you begin make sure you have all the essentials you’ll need. This includes notebook, text books, class notes, past exam papers, pens and your syllabus.

Take regular breaks

Studies have shown our brains can only access information for 40 minutes at a time. This means every 40 minutes you should take about a 20 minute break. You could have some food, paint your nails, watch some TV or catch up on some social media. It may also be a good idea to change subject when your return to study.

Be comfortable

This is so important! For you this could mean listening to some music, changing your environment I like to study in coffee shops or having a cup of green tea. If it's sunny you can study outside.Whatever works for you. You should make sure your wearing comfortable clothes as well, this helps your overall mood. Everyone is happier studying in comfy clothes (I said happier not happy ).

Use information given

Your syllabus, class notes and exam papers have all the information you need to know. Your syllabus will give you a list of all topics covered per module. Tick theses off as you study.
Some lecturers will give out class notes (most of mine do), others you will have to take down notes in lectures. 

The lecture notes given often have more information than needed this is because lecturers like to give students a background in the topic. Background is not needed on an exam so making your own notes without background in them will make your notes shorter and easier to quickly revise.

Exam papers are the most important piece of information you have! Lecturer’s are like leopards they don’t change their spots, meaning when you read past exams papers the questions from year to year are strikingly similar. If you can do the questions in past exam papers your guaranteed to pass! ( pay close attention to exam papers written by your lecturer) 

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