Here are a few proven tips for getting the most out of studying
- Pick a place and time. Everyone has their own idea about the best place and time to study. …
- Study every day. …
- Plan your time. …
- Discover your learning style. …
- Review and revise. …
- Take breaks. …
- Ask for help. …
- Stay motivated.
Studying a little bit every day you’ll be continually reviewing things in your mind. This helps you understand things. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming.
Early in the year an hour or two a night might be enough to stay on top of things. Later in the year, you might need to study more each day.
If you’re finding it hard to find time to study, cut back on some of your other activities. Prioritizing study might mean spending less time online, or it might mean cutting back on shifts at work, or giving the weekend sport a miss for a while.
Making plans will help to get your studying in motion, so you can make the most of your study time.
- Set alarms – Set alarms to remind you about your study plans. A regular reminder will help you and the goals you set for your self.
- Using a planner – a Wall calendar or planner can help in keeping everything organized whenever you’re studying. Mark it up with important dates, like exams and assignment due dates. Use it to block out your regular study timetable too.
- Make to-do lists – Lists break tasks down into the manageable block. At the start of the week, make a list of the things that you need to have done by the end of the week. Make a to-do list at the start of each study session too, so that you’re clear about what you need to be doing with your time.
- Set time limits – Before you start your study session, have a look at your to-do list, and do your planing. If you don’t get something done in the set time, consider whether it’s the best use of your time to keep going with it, or to start working on something else.
To discover your learning style is very IMPORTANT
Discover your learning style
We all preferred a way of learning. Get to know the learning style you’re most comfortable with and study in the ways you learn best.
These styles are just a way to think about different studying techniques. They’re not hard and fast rules that say you should only study in one way. Try each of these out and see which ways you prefer.
- Auditory learners prefer to learn by listening. Try reading your notes aloud and discussing them with other people. To record key points and play them back can be very helpful.
- Visual learners prefer to learn by seeing. Try using colours in your notes and draw diagrams to help represent key points. You could try to remember some ideas as images.
- Tactile/kinesthetic learners prefer to learn by doing. Try using techniques like role-playing or building models to revise key points.
Review and revise
At least once a week you should go back over the things you’ve studied in class. Thinking things over and making sure you understand the work and he study material can help you to remember when you need them the most.
- Quiz – Getting help to quiz you on key concepts can help. Offer to help your friends with their work as well. Quizzes are great ways to get confident about what you know and find out what you still need to learn. Flashcards can be helpful as well.