Study Tips

STUDY TIPS 

*Make a new study schedule for over the school holidays, you have all day to fit in those valuable study hours !

*Listening to classical music WON’T make you smarter or keep information in your brain, sometimes all you need is quiet!

*Flashcards are very helpful and quick to scan through if you have a spare 20 minutes. Any study time helps !

*Stuck for time? Write out some of your notes in large writing, seal the paper inside a large zip-lock bag and tape it to your shower wall while it is dry. Then when you are in the shower, use the time to review the sheet!

*Eat Sushi! Fish helps boost brain power & concentration (nuts, dark chocolate & blueberries are also great)

*Treat yourself! It’s easier when there’s a reward waiting at the end, like your favorite ice-cream at the end of the study session.

* Keep in mind that your exams are timed so remember to practice answers in the set time limit. Also, practice writing your answers, sitting down & writing non-stop for a few hours (as you have to during an exam) can be very tiring.

* Losing one night’s sleep can impair reasoning and memory for up to 4 days ! Make sure to get enough sleep and keep to a regular sleep schedule.

* Spend your study time in a room with plenty of light. Make sure you have a good lamp so that your eyes don’t get tired.

* We store information more securely when we write it out by hand than when we type it. Get those pens out and don’t rely on computers or tablets !

* Skip questions if you are unsure or feeling “frozen”, another section may trigger the response, but make sure to leave enough time to come back to the question you skipped.

* There is no magic formula when it comes to developing good study habits. Not everyone learns the same way. So, not everyone will study the same way. Some people need absolute silence to review textbooks, lecture notes, and handouts to prepare for an exam. Others study better in a group bouncing ideas off one another. Play to your strengths and you’ll study more efficiently.

* Catchy words and phrases are helpful tools for memorization. Don’t underestimate the power of a silly song or rhyme, either!

* Reading information out loud means mentally storing it in two ways, seeing it and hearing it.

* It is best to review the material right after class when it’s still fresh in your memory.

* Use your Parents & Siblings. Explain an answer to a question to them, it helps you to get it clear in your head and in your own words.

Note Taking

Whenever you study you should get into the habit of taking notes. You CANNOT study by just reading or highlighting, a book. I know that many students believe that taking notes is wasting time, but there is really no other way if you want to remember the information!

  •       Notes are just the key points
  •       Don’t write sentences or include “little word” e.g. and/or/the
  •       Always number the points in the list you construct (The brain can recall numbered lists better)
  •      Have plenty of white space on the page (It should almost look like a shopping list)

 

Diagrams

Do not copy diagrams into your notes. If you come to a diagram of importance (e.g. Drawing the heart in science) Close the book, have a quick attempt at drawing it (on scrap paper), correct your mistakes and throw away the attempt. Now, make a note of the diagram and its page number in the margin of your notes. Each time you return to these notes, you will see the reference and quickly practice the diagram once more.

 

Homework

  •  Don’t copy your homework answers out of the textbook – You learn little by copying
  1. Read the info required to answer the question
  2. Write down on a piece of paper the briefest points (a date/formula/name)
  3. Move onto another task
  4. Come back to question and attempt to answer with the book closed (If you get stuck refer to the piece of paper with brief notes)

 

 

All Goals should be “SMART

S pecific (not something vague)

M easurable

Achievable

R ecorded (written down)

T imed (have limit)

 

Whenever you are studying, always keep in mind

“The Principle of Learning”

1. Have a go
2. Make Mistakes
3. Correct Them!