Okay, okay, okay – admittedly I’m writing this to procrastinate from studying. I’m guilty. BUT, when I do study, I find different techniques that help best for me and I thought I would share them with you all.
Everyone has their own ways to study, and theres lots and lot’s of different preferences, but these are just a few of the things I do to study more efficiently.
1. Create a timetable. I love organising and being able to structure what I need to get done and within the time I have to do it. I’ll start with subjects / modules in which are higher on my priority (aka usually the first exam I have haha!), and make sure I get a little bit more of that one done than others, but I always make sure to switch subjects so I don’t get too bored.
2. Make lists. Another organisation method but I’m BIG on scoring things off of a list. Theres something so satisfying about doing it. It also organises and splits up the work for each subject you need to get done. I like to split my subjects into their topics / chapters and then scoring them off once I’ve revised and done so – or highlight areas in which I need to look further in to.
3. Find your atmosphere. By this I mean aspects such as working in silence, or while listening to music. I personally need silence, but I know for many people they enjoy music. Also, find a comfortable place to study. Again this is different for every person – for me, it’s at a desk and in a chair, but sometimes I like to switch it around and sit in bed writing light notes to make it seem more relaxed. However, I can’t sit like that for long because I’ll either get a really sore back or my bed will pull me into it’s cosiness and I’ll take a nap…
4. Don’t overwork. My concentration span is about 40-45 minutes, anything more than that then I stop taking anything in. I like to make sure I take a break after that – grab myself a cup of coffee or tea and relax for a while before going back to doing anything.
5. Switch it up. I like to change my revision methods so it doesn’t get mundane. This can be from taking notes, to watching videos or drawing diagrams.
6. Read notes before you sleep. I don’t know if this is made up or actually effective, but I remember reading that whatever you read before you sleep you are more likely to remember the information the next day. I do this any way and find it helps – but I’m also not sure if it’s psychological or not haha!
7. Last of all – start studying early. Everyones guilty of not studying until last minute – including me. I’m also bad at procrastinating – but starting to revise in plenty time for your exams will make you feel so less stressful.
As exam period is looming, I wish everyone the best of luck with their studies and exams! I hope these tips helped a little – or at least motivated you to revise if you’re like me and find it hard to actually get going!
Until next time…
~ K x