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    I've seen numerous comments referring to "working smart, not hard" yet I'm confused as to what this actually means? How can I study 'efficiently', I've seen some people indicating that they do past papers but the problem is I haven't even learnt the content properly yet, therefore I don't want to move onto past papers...

    I just don't understand how you're supposed to ensure your studying is 'quality' enough.

    I have no idea, I spend so long on one topic it's frustrating
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    You have to work hard and smart. People who say that they work smart but not hard are the same people that say everything is easy, which are also the same people who fail or barely pass their exams
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    Don't just passively read your notes. You have to apply your knowledge and exercise those new brain cells!

    Make flashcards. Do past paper problems on that topic. Look for problem sets online. Force yourself to recall information - don't give in to looking at the answer until you've given it a really honest go. Once you're solid on a topic, go a little deeper into it and start using those 'first principles' to work out and understand more difficult applications. Try and connect your studies, so that you can see the ways a particular topic leads into the next, one subject to another, or if you're doing humanities draw comparisons on how e.g. a topic in history relates to something current etc.

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