Top 10 Study tips

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Here’s our top tips for getting the most out of
study.
1. Pick a Place and Time
2. Study Every Day
3. Plan Your Time
4. Discover Your Learning Style
5. Review and Revise
6. Take Breaks
7. Ask for Help
8. Stay Motivated
9. App it Up
10. Look After Yourself

1. Pick a Place and time
Everyone has their own idea about the best place
and time to study. Whether it’s your bedroom at
night or the library after school, find a study space
and a regular study time that works for you and
stick with it.
Set Up Your Study Space – Your study space
should be quiet, comfortable and distraction-free. It
should make you feel happy and inspired. Decorate
it with your favourite pictures or objects. If you
want to listen to music or burn incense, pick a
space that lets you do that.
Find Your Best Time – Some people work better
in the morning. Others work better at night. Work
out which time suits you and plan to study then.
Don’t study much later than your usual bedtime –
pushing yourself late at night can make you too
tired to study properly.
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2. Study Every Day
If you study 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 (but not all!) of your other activities.
Prioritising study might mean spending less time
online, or it might mean cutting back on shifts at
work, or giving weekend sport a miss for a while.
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3. Plan Your Time
It helps to have some plans 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 keeps you
honest and your plans on track.
Use a Wall Planner – Stick a calendar or wall
planner up so you can see it 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
manageable chunks. 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 give
yourself a set time to spend on each task. 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.
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4. Discover Your Learning Style
Most of us have a preferred way of learning. Get to
know your learning style and study in the ways you
learn best.
Auditory learners learn by listening. If you’re an
auditory learner you could try reading your notes
aloud and discussing them with other people. You
might like to record key points and play them back.
Visual learners learn by seeing. If you’re a visual
learner you could use colours in your notes and
draw diagrams to help represent key points. You
could try to remember some ideas as images.
Tactile/kinesthetic learners learn by doing. If
you’re a tactile/kinesthetic learner you could use
methods like role-playing or building models to
revise key points.
Courseworks at the University of Melbourne has a
quick quiz you can take (new window) to see what
kind of learner you are.
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5. Review and Revise
At least once a week you should go back over the
things you’ve studied in class. Thinking things over
can help you to understand the concepts and help
you remember when you need them the most.
Quiz Yourself – Get a friend or family member to
quiz you on key concepts. Offer to help your friends
with their work too. Quizzes are great ways to get
confident about what you know and find out what
you still need to learn.
Make your Own Study Materials – Think up some
practice exam questions or create your own flash
cards to help you study. This way you learn it all
twice: once when you make the study materials
and once when you use them to revise.
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6 . Take Breaks
It’s important to take breaks while you’re studying,
especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated.
Working too long on a task can actually decrease
your performance.
When you take a break, make sure you get away
from your desk or study space. A bit of physical
activity – even just a walk around the block – can
sometimes help you to look at a problem in a
different way and could even help you to solve it.
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7. Ask for Help
If you’re stuck on something, or something just
doesn’t seem to make sense, you can always ask
for help. Talk to your teachers or lecturers about
the things you don’t understand. Talk to your
friends and fellow students too.
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8. Stay Motivated
When you’re studying it helps to keep in mind your
reasons for doing all this hard work, like a course
or career you’re working towards. It can help to
have something in your study space to remind you
of your goals.
You could also decorate your study space with
inspirational quotes or photos of people you admire
and family members you want to make proud of
you.
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9. App it Up
There are heaps of apps out there for helping
students with all aspects of study. Have a chat with
your friends and teachers/lecturers to see which
apps they recommend.
You should also check out:
5 Study Apps – Roving reporter Ellis’s
recommendations
iPads for Learning (new window) – A searchable
database of subject-specific apps
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10 . Look After Yourself
You’ll study better if you take care of yourself.
Make sure you eat well and get enough sleep and
physical exercise. Don’t reward yourself with too
many sugary or fatty snacks or push yourself to
study late into the night. It’s also a good idea to
make sure you drink lots of water when you’re
studying.
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Now Come Up with Your Own
Strategies
These tips are only some of the things you can do
to get the most out of your studying. You might
already have other things that work better for you.
Find out what your friends do when they’re
studying. Maybe your teachers have some good
recommendations too.
Whatever it is, whatever strategy you come up with,
when you find something that works for you, put it
into practise and go for it!
contact us for more tips

Mukesh Jha

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