STUDY TIPS AND TRICKS
We can all get a little overwhelmed sometimes when it comes to study and the massive pile of revision that just seems to keep pilling up! Here’s a list of tips that may help you!
1. Write it down.
Make a to do list, write everything you have to do in a bullet journal. When you write it down, you get a much better view of everything you have to do on a certain day. Cross/mark the task when you did it. You can also see how much you can do in a day or a few hours, depending on how much time you spend.
2. Make summaries.
When you have to study a large book or many pages, it can be kind off intimidating. But not everything in these texts is important. Write down the important things from the stuff you have to study. Use a good pen and a marker to make important details or words stand out more. Banners are also a great way to make your summaries organised (and make them look a lot prettier). Using different coloured pens is also useful!
3. Start early.
Starting early with revising for a test is a great way to understand the things you need to know for a test earlier and better. You have more time to understand it and you have a lot of time to make summaries. Plus there is more time to ask a teacher if you don’t understand something. I would recommend starting a week before the test is.
4. Check your tests.
Once you have received your mark, ask the teacher if you can have a look at your test. You can see what you did wrong. Maybe there are some mistakes that could have been prevented. Maybe you’ve read a question to fast and you thought it meant something different. Looking at your mistakes gives you something to work on next time.
5. Even if you don’t feel like doing it, do it.
This is the hardest one but the most important. Just pick something on your to-do list and do it. It sucks, it sucks, it sucks; I know, I’ve been there. All you have to do is start and build the momentum. Once you keep doing this, you’ll see that you’re able to focus on whatever you need to do faster.
6. Studying together.
Studying together is a great way to study with fun. You can make your homework together, discuss answers. You can help each other when one doesn’t understand it. It will help you both understand and remember the things you need to learn better.
7. 30-10 minutes technique.
The 30-10 minutes technique is a well known technique that has helped me a lot with studying. It works like this: study straight for 30 minutes. No distractions. Just solid studying. Then do something fun for yourself for 10 minutes, like watching some Netflix or reading a book. It gives you a fun activity to do in between revising.
8. Reward yourself.
Similar to taking a breather, always, always reward yourself for accomplishing your tasks. Finish a task? Cross it off your list, and eat some chocolate, take a power nap, or watch an episode of Friends. Positive reinforcement bolsters productivity.
9. Be kind to yourself.
You won’t get it on the first try, maybe not even on the second, third, or fourth tries. And that is normal and that is okay, the most important thing is to be kind to yourself.