Studying can be very daunting, especially at the end of the year when you have to learn everything for every subject. Even if you haven’t been working hard all year, studying well can make a difference. Here are my top tips.
- Get organised! There is no point in trying to study when you’re notes and books are not in order. Take some time before you start your exam study and organise everything. Get the notes and books you need and have then in the right order. Do this for every subject. It makes the process a lot less daunting when you have to start.
- Make a plan! Make a weekly timetable and allocate a certain amount of time each day/week to your study and your free time. You’re more likely to stick to it if you have something to follow. Even if it’s only 1 hour a week, it’s better than nothing!
- Set mini goals. The thought of long periods of study is not something anyone wants to think of, so, set mini goals. For example, ‘I am going to have notes made for this section in 30 minutes’ or ‘I can have a 5 minute break when I finish this chapter’. These will keep you motivated. Small periods with short breaks will benefit you more than staring at a page for hours.
- Get rid of distractions! Yes, that means Snapchat. With social media apps on our phones, it is so hard for us to concentrate for long. By having a plan and mini goals, you know that you can check them again shortly, or go get a snack. It will be worth it in the long run
- De-Stress! If you’re stressed, studying is not going to be easy or valuable. If you’re feeling stressed, take a short break. Go for a walk to clear your head, light a candle, take 5 minutes me time to disconnect and relax. Do whatever works for you. Once you’re more relaxed, you’ll find it a bit easier to study.
- Find what works best for you. Everyone learns differently, so find what works for you. For most people, taking notes of the key ideas, making flash cards or mind maps can be useful. Even writing down key questions. Figure out what works for you and roll with that!
- Study Buddy! If you work well with people, find a study buddy. Share notes, quiz each other and explain things to each other that you may not understand. Teaching someone else can be a very effective way to learn.
- Ask for help! If you’re really struggling, ask your teacher what you should do. That’s what they’re there for. Although sometimes you may feel that they don’t have time, ask them when they’re free, or send an email and schedule a meeting time. They’ll be more than happy to help.
I hope some of these tips are useful for you! Happy Studying! 🙂