Come on. You know at some point you are going to have to study. When you’ve blown your student loan and tried every item on the takeaway menu. When you’ve got bored of Homes under the Hammer repeats.
Or, maybe you just remember you are supposed to be working towards a qualification. This is the point when you know you should be hitting the books. But, how you managed to get through your ‘A’ levels is just a blur.
Don’t worry. Help is at hand. Here are a few quick-fire study tips to get you back in the groove. They may not all work for you. But, hopefully you will pick out a nugget or two.
1 – When you’ve finished writing your assignment always read it out loud to yourself. Hearing the words gives you a much better idea of how the copy flows. You will pick up mistakes you’ve missed and you will discover sentences which are way too long. Or are just wrong. Try it. You’ll be amazed at how reading aloud will improve your writing.
2 – Eat chocolate. But not just any old type. You can’t get away with binging on Mars Bars and Snickers. It has to be dark chocolate. Dark chocolate feeds the brain. It also improves memory and helps you focus more. Apparently. Could be a load of BS but who cares? Give it a go.
3 – Make notes. And use a pen and paper. You are far more likely to remember something you have physically written down rather than read.
4 – Google it. Don’t rely on a crusty old textbook. Use online tools and research materials. Whatever course you taking there will be a blogger or influencer to follow. Also check out popular apps which will help you study.
5 – Go to YouTube. Forget about cat videos and search for your study subject. There will be plenty of videos on your course. Professors, think tanks, gurus and even ex-students share their knowledge. YouTube can be a great resource and it’s easier to watch and learn than to read.
6 – Take a nap. The average student won’t need any convincing about this one. But napping can improve your memory’s performance. A nap after an intense study session can help your brain retain the information it has processed.
7 – Make a study plan. And stick to it. This can be as complicated or as simple as you like. Use Google Calendar to schedule classes and study sessions. Alternatively, use an app such as iStudiez Pro. You could even go old school and use a wall chart. Whichever method you use sticking to a study plan will help you pass those exams.
8 – Get into a routine. A routine will help you study more and keep you focused. But you need to include rest breaks. Just cramming for hours won’t help. You need regular breaks. Try the 50/20/50 rule. Study for 50 minutes, rest for 20 and then study for 50 more.
9 – Be comfortable when you study. It may help to get organised. Even if your room is a mess try to keep your study area tidy. Make sure all your research is easily to hand. You also need space to spread out. Make sure your chair is comfortable and there is plenty of light. But……if you work better in cluttered area then go for it. If that makes you comfortable. Apparently Einstein had an untidy desk and he didn’t do too badly.
10 – Practice on past exams. It’s a tried and tested technique. It also makes a lot of sense. Old papers are especially useful for learning how much time to spend on different questions.