When to study
Make sure you take thorough, good quality notes that are relevant to you (not just copied from the lecture slide). If you collate your information as you go, you have a much better chance of retaining it, not to mention it saves you a lot of work later on. Regular revision is also part of planning ahead. There is no day or time that suits everyone, just study when you can. A study plan is a grid where you enter all your weekly activities and schedule a time, day or night, for weekly revision and stick to it. This is particularly useful if you have a busy work and co-curricular activities schedule.
Who to study with
One of the major benefits of planned and early study is that you have time to ask questions about what you don’t know or remember. Lecturers are just an email away but learning with others in study pairs or groups can also be a fun and helpful way to revise your subjects.
Where to study
Study wherever you find it easiest to concentrate, whether that’s in your organised home office, a busy local café, or under a tree in the park.
How to study
Set up your study space to help your learning and prevent distraction but also remember to take breaks. Your brain is like a muscle; it gets stronger the more you use but it also needs to rest. Switching between subjects can feel like a mental break in itself but, even for those late night crammers, a complete break is also important to retain information. Try to have productive breaks, like getting fresh air, something to eat, much needed rest, or revitalising exercise rather than lying on the couch watching 90’s sit com reruns, which send your brain to sleep and may leave your memory more full of Friend’s quotes than the study you laboured over.
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