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What are your top study tips?

Personally, I hate being idle and like to have a rough daily study or assignment plan to compartmentalise my workload so I feel slightly more reassured that I have it together! Studying can feel overwhelming when you think of all the topics you need to cover at once! Doing past exam papers or short practice questions was also a way that helped me stay focus instead of dozing off while reading notes and textbooks!

In light of the current busy exam season, I was just wondering if anyone has any study tips to share?
What motives you to study?

Zhi En
(Kingston Student Rep.)
Original post by Kingston Reps
Personally, I hate being idle and like to have a rough daily study or assignment plan to compartmentalise my workload so I feel slightly more reassured that I have it together! Studying can feel overwhelming when you think of all the topics you need to cover at once! Doing past exam papers or short practice questions was also a way that helped me stay focus instead of dozing off while reading notes and textbooks!
In light of the current busy exam season, I was just wondering if anyone has any study tips to share?
What motives you to study?
Zhi En
(Kingston Student Rep.)

I agree - I like a structured study plan!

One of my top tips is to study in bursts so it doesn't become too overwhelming. Take regular breaks, even if it's just 10 minutes to walk away from the desk and give your brain some rest time. In a similar vein - change up your study location. Sitting in the one place day in and day out can become boring.

Love @martin818's tips - especially active learning techniques 🙂 Think of other ways you can reinforce your learning that isn't just sitting at a desk revising. Create fun powerpoints, read books, find relevant podcasts to immerse yourself in content in a different way.

Good luck to everyone doing exams just now!

Caitlin 🎓️
Official University of Strathclyde Rep
There are some great tips on here! Here's a few of mine:

Organise your time
Create a realistic timetable to plan how long you’re going to spend on each topic and when. Make sure to include time for relaxation, socialising, exercise, fresh air, regular meals and sleep.

Find out what type of learner you are
Knowing how you learn can help you to revise effectively. Find out what works for you. If you are a visual person create posters, drawings and visual aids and place these around your room so you can read them as you are going about your day. If you are a verbal learner, try teaching (or explaining) someone the information or discuss it with a friend or family member. Or why not record some of the information you need?

Consolidate your notes
Go through your notes and highlight the most important and relevant sections. Create bullet points to gather the highlighted information, try to keep it down to one page.

Use YouTube tutorials
A lot of useful, educational and revision-based content can be found on YouTube. Most of the videos are interesting and can help keep your concentration for longer. It’s a good way to break up your revision practice and think about the information in a new way.

Past papers
Past papers are a great way to understand what types of questions you may be asked, use these to test how much information you are retaining. Most practice exam questions and answers can be downloaded from the exam board website. Also, create flashcards and use your notes to create questions and answers. You can carry these around and quiz yourself whenever you want to (or ask someone else).

Review your topics
When you think you have gone through all the information, read through your page of bullet points to make sure you have remembered everything you thought was important at the beginning.

Look after yourself
Take regular study breaks, stay hydrated and eat regular meals. Your body needs fuel so avoid eating fast food and takeaways and choose fresh vegetables and fruit that will keep your energy levels up.
Make sure you are still socialising with friends and family or doing a leisure activity or hobby to help you relax. Taking the time each day to take part in exercise or go for a walk will also help you to unwind.
I'd also recommend getting at least eight hours of sleep each night, so you’re alert and focussed.

Get support if you need it
Lots of people find exam pressure difficult, so if you’re feeling stressed or your revision may be affected by issues outside of your control, seek help and get support. Speak to your tutors, teachers, college, school, university, a family member or friend.

Good luck to everyone doing exams! I hope these tips help you to prepare.
Hannah
Teesside Uni

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