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10 quick-fire study tips

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Study tips are great! Come on… You know that at some point you’re going to have to study… When you’ve got bored of binging on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip or Repair Shop repeats… When you’ve blown your student loan and tried every item on every menu Uber Eats covers… When the bank of Mum and Dad is having its own audit…

Or, maybe when you remember you’re actually supposed to be working towards a qualification. This is the crucial point – the moment you know you should be hitting the books (or, more realistically for 2020, those online study resources).

But then comes a thought… How you got yourself through your A Levels is all a bit of a blur… Don’t worry. Help is at hand. Here are a few quick-fire study tips to get you back in the learnin’ groove. They may not all work for you – but hopefully you’ll pick out a nugget or two and get yourself back on track.

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Top 5 study tips

READ ALOUD
This is high on the list of study tips! When you’ve finished writing your assignment always read it out loud to yourself. Hearing spoken words gives you a much better idea of how the copy flows (or whether it flows at all). You’ll more easily pick up on any mistakes you’ve missed, and you’ll discover which sentences are way too long. Or are just wrong. Try it. You’ll be amazed at how reading aloud will improve your writing.

EAT CHOCOLATE
Eat chocolate. This is, you’ll probably be pleased to hear, an essential! But not just any old sort of chocolate. 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? It sounds a bit science and plausible! Give it a go.

MAKE NOTES
Jot stuff down. But use a pen and paper to do so. You’re far more likely to remember something you’ve physically written down rather than tapped into a notepad app. Or, you could do both – write stuff down and tap it into your tablet.

GOOGLE IT!
Don’t always rely on a crusty old textbook. Use online tools and the research materials at your disposal. Whatever course you’re taking there will be a blogger or influencer you can follow. Also check out popular apps which will help you study.

VISIT YOUTUBE
Go to YouTube, but forget about funny cat videos. Okay, watch a couple, but then search for your study subject. There will almost certainly be plenty of videos on your course subject. Professors, think tanks, gurus and even ex-students sharing their knowledge. YouTube can be such a great resource – and it’s easier to watch and learn than to read.

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Another 5 study tips

TAKE A NAP
We’re pretty fond of this one. It’s our favourite of all these study tips. And the average student won’t need any convincing about this one, either. But taking a nap isn’t always a ‘lazy’ thing to do. Napping can actually improve your memory’s performance. A nap after an intense study session can help your brain retain the information it has processed. Amazing! Legitimate Zzzzzzs!

DO A STUDY PLAN
Draft yourself 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. 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.

GET INTO A ROUTINE
Setting yourself a routine will help you study more, and it’ll keep you focused. But you do need to include rest breaks. Just cramming for hours on end really won’t help. You need regular ‘time out’ from taking in information. Try the 50/20/50 rule. Study for 50 minutes, rest for 20 and then study for 50 more. Works a treat!

COMFORT
You need comfort when you’re working or studying. It may help to get organised. Even if your room is always a mess, you should try to keep your study area or desk tidy. Make sure all your research is easily to hand. Make sure your chair is comfortable and there is plenty of light. You also need space to spread your stuff out. Having said all that, if you work better in cluttered area then go for it if that’s what makes you comfortable. Apparently Einstein had an untidy desk – and he didn’t do too badly.

PRACTICE
Practising by taking old exam papers is a tried and tested technique for improving your studies. It also makes a lot of sense. Old papers are especially useful for learning how much time to spend on different questions.

Okay, so there are your ten study tips… Make sure you have the right equipment around you when you’re studying. You will probably need a laptop, and it might make sense to get yourself a printer, too, so you can print some stuff out to make notes all over! Headphones can be useful for ‘zoning out’ of the distracting real world and immersing yourself in your studies.

And don’t forget you could do with a decent TV for when you’re done! Those Antiques Road Trip and Repair Shop repeats won’t just watch themselves you know?!

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