Date posted: 18/05/2016

Study tips you need to know

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For many, studying is a chore they'd rather put off till later. Which means the amount of work builds up, until it all has to be crammed into the last minute.

Here's a checklist of study tips to help avoid the rush, and study more effectively.

  • Have a specific place to study without distractions: somewhere quiet, without TV or music.
  • Study the hard subjects first, when you're most alert and focused.
  • Avoid too much studying at one time: you'll get tired and overwhelmed.
  • Have a specific time of the day for studying, and make it the same time every day.
  • Work out how long you can concentrate for before you lose focus. It's going to be different for everyone, so keep a track of your ideal concentration time. Then take breaks when you're approaching your limit.
  • Have everything you need close by - books, notes, pens, pads, etc - all within easy reach.
  • Avoid eating a large meal before studying, as it will just make you drowsy.
  • Let friends and family know your allocated daily study time, and ask them not to disturb you.
  • Start studying when you say you will: delaying the start will only make the task harder.
  • One thing at a time: multitasking may sound smart, but it means you're not giving each task your full attention.
  • Never study too close to going to sleep..
  • Follow a study system such as ASPIREA: Approach your studies with a positive attitude S: Survey the material to get an overview of the task P: Piece it together I: Inquire if you need more information R: Relay your understanding in an interesting way E: Evaluate your response