Tips for uni essays and multiple choice examsWatch
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Are you in first year? As alleycat393 said above, this is the ideal time to figure out how to study to the best of your ability. Because often first year isn't included into your final degree classification, it's the best chance to make mistakes you can learn from and understand exactly what works for you, what makes a great essay, how to revise effectively and what inspires you in your course!
Personally, I make sure I do the required reading (set by my tutors for before each lecture) and highlight or note down any key ideas or quotations (which becomes useful when writing an essay and wanting to add in references). Then I make notes in the lecture, and often write them up again when I get home or a few days later (using the PowerPoint slides we were presented) so that I have a better knowledge of what we learnt and can try to link the theories together in a meaningful way, which again, is helpful when it comes to assignments and essays.
As for revision, I've found going through PowerPoint slides and highlighting important information as well as using cue cards to ask myself the questions or to memories specific key terms or answers very helpful. However, there are many ways to revise which might work better for you:
- studying with friends and quizzing each other
- going to drop in sessions with your tutors to ask questions
- looking up online quizzes or asking for practise papers
- making posters
- writing up notes organised with colours/post-its
- cue cards
There are probably loads more I haven't thought of, too!
Hope this helps,