I have concluded a list of my top 10 study tips which I found the most useful during my time at university, if you have been looking for some new study tips then please check out my top 10 tips below.
- Get organised
First things first, create a revision schedule, i.e core hours of study and then fit in small breaks here and there. When I was in University, I wanted my evenings free so my core revision hours were those of 9am – 5pm. I felt super productive when I was following a schedule and I made sure I studied a different module every few hours so I didn’t get bored.
- Try to pick a specific study place
Many people will tell you to study at a desk or table, while this may work for others it may not work for everyone. You need to be comfortable so if you’ll be more comfortable sitting on the sofa or outside in the garden then do so. Just make sure you wont be tempted to have a nap or get distracted. Once you’ve found your “study place”, try to stick to it. You will associate that place with studying so think carefully about where you want to spend the majority of your time studying.
- Know your learning style
It’s so important to understand how you learn best, everyone is different and it will save you so much time if you know your learning style before you start your studying schedule.
- Ask for help
If you come across something that you don’t understand reach out to a fellow student, contact the module lecturer or use google. If you’re looking for answers on the web, make sure its from a credible reliable source so you know you are receiving correct accurate information. One thing i learnt during my studies was that if you don’t understand something, you wont be able to remember it! So make sure you take the time to fully understand the subject area otherwise you may miss out on crucial marks in the exam!
- Review and revise
This one is so important and vital for the success of your studies. One of the best ways to transfer information from your short term memory into your long term memory is to revisit your study notes within 24 hours. Read over all your notes that you studied the day before and continue the process, this will help you to retain the information for a longer period of time.
- Get rid of distractions
You will find it really hard to concentrate if you have your phone by your side 24/7 or the TV on in the background. You don’t want to risk becoming too engrosssed in something else other than your studying and by the time you know it, an hour has gone by. Keep to your schedule and you will feel better for it. Refer to my “How to stop procrastinating” post here for tips on how to keep focused.
- Don’t overload your brain
I think it’s really easy to be so focused on revising that you only do that. I found that I remembered more if i had a lot of breaks and relaxed in the evenings. It’s easy to get into that mindset where you feel that you need to revise all day everyday to fit everything in but this is simply not true and hinders many people’s learning. Your brain will shut off when its had too much information and you’ll find it hard to concentrate and absorb new information. Learn to spot when you’re brain has had enough and come back to it the next day.
- Make time for sleep
A lot of students will do “all-nighters” to try and cram in everything they need to know. Your mind will like you a lot more if you give yourself enough rest for your brain to actually absorb all of the information you’re providing it with. It may actually harm your learning if you are not allowing this to happen, I always found that I performed better when i had a good nights sleep as opposed to being mentally exhausted and struggling to retrieve anything. Sleep is a priority and it will help your studying more than you think.
- Make time for the things you love
I know how hard it is to focus on anything but revision and how easy it is to be stuck in a daily cycle of revision-sleep-revision-sleep but this isn’t healthy for your mind. You need to take care of yourself and your mental health, doing so will create a happier, healthy you! Try to take fit in times when you will do something you love into your revision timetable, whether that be going for a run, baking, shopping or a heavy gym session. It will do you the world of good!
- Study with friends
It can sometimes be a tad lonely if you are studying on your own everyday (some may prefer it and thats fine) but it is also super helpful to study with others. You can take it in turns to teach each other (another great study method proven to work) or talk over anything you don’t understand. You can also go grab food together and spend your breaks socialising, it will help you to de-stress and you all know you’re working towards the same goal.
I hope you found these tips useful! They are tried and tested by myself and I have personally found these tips really effective in successful studying.
Let me know any methods you found useful in the comments below!
Thank you so much for reading.
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