It's never too late to develop good study skills. The following tips and techniques on how best to study should set you up for an ATAR you can be proud of.
Study every day, even if it’s just a bite-sized chunk. Regularly writing notes and reviewing information, will help you process and understand it better than last-minute cramming. If you can’t find time each day, you may need to reconsider your priorities. How about cutting back on your TV or social media time? Once a week, schedule in a refresh of everything you’ve studied during the week by reviewing your HSC or VCE study notes.
Have a plan in place to make the most of your study time. Make a to-do list before you sit down to work, breaking tasks down into smaller bits to remove overwhelm. Give yourself achievable timelines, and reward yourself for sticking to them. Using a study timetable or wall planner can help you to become more organised.
Be honest with yourself
Different strategies work for different people. You may work best early in the morning at home, or in the evening in a public environment like a library. Find out what works for you and stick to it. If you know your learning style, you can also use this to your advantage.
Are you an auditory, visual or tactile/kinaesthetic learner?
- Auditory learners learn by listening. Read your notes aloud and discuss them with other people or use your phone to record key points and then play them back.
- Visual learners learn by seeing. Try using colours in your notes and draw diagrams to help represent key points. You might remember ideas better by picturing them as images.
- Tactile/kinaesthetic learners learn by doing. Use methods such as role-playing or building models to revise critical points.
Studying can be time-consuming and stressful at times. Keep in mind your reasons for working hard, such as a course or career you’re working towards, and set your study space up as your haven. Burn incense, set up comfy cushions or stick inspiring images or quotes to the wall that remind you of your goals.
Look after your health
Take breaks as often as you need. Taking a walk around the block or having some time away from your study space will do you a world of good. Spending too long on a task can decrease productivity, which may affect your motivation. Make sure you eat well, avoiding foods high in sugar and fat, and drink lots of water. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, don’t hesitate to ask your family and friends for support.
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