Tips for success
How can you do better?
Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question. One thing is for sure, though, you need a plan.
What would you like to do?
- Improve your grades
- Learn how to speed read
- Improve your confidence
- Remember things better
- Get organised
- Finish your assignments and hand them up on time
- Learn how not to day dream so much
- Use the right formulas in maths
- Write better essays
- Do better in exams
Develop a strategy
All of things listed above (and more) are possible but you need to understand yourself well enough to know what will work. You might start by asking yourself:
Am I a visual, kinaesthetic or auditory learner?
Do I understand my strengths and weaknesses well enough to put together a decent study plan?
Check out our study skills page for some more ideas.
10 GREAT STUDY TIPS
Are you a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner? Getting to know yourself often helps to understand why you ‘like’ some subjects and not others and understanding your strengths and weaknesses goes a long way to helping you do your best in each subject.
Make sure you are taking notes efficiently and using them properly. Are you just re-reading them or do you use them effectively as a tool to jog your memory? Exploring different note-taking techniques can save huge amounts of time and provide you with an important study resource.
Learning content thoroughly for the long-run will help you not just with the current year’s content, but also with what happens next. Don’t forget that what you are learning now is probably going to provide the foundation for what is to come next year. Performing well in exams is much easier if you have a long-term strategy.
Research shows that it’s not how much you do but how you approach studying that really makes the difference. Although you may not be able to force yourself to have a great mindset, through organising yourself and setting realistic goals you can make the most of every study session.
Try different ways of studying. Mnemonics, for example, are a more effective method than the traditional rote-learning style of memorising information. You might be amazed how using triggers in your study habits can unleash the power of your brain!
Make sure you have a place to study that works for you. Some people study better listening to music while others work better in silence. Do you get more done alone or do others around you inspire you to do more? Having an effective space to study in can make all the difference
Make sure you have everything you need before you start so your concentration is not broken. Try to avoid having access to social networking or anything that might distract you.
You’ll get more done if you have a plan. Using a wall calendar can be a great way to make sure you don’t leave everything to the last minute. You should have a regular schedule that you follow throughout the entire term, not just before exams.
Finding balance is hard at school. There are so many pressures; from our teachers, our parents and ourselves. To do your best, though, you need to have some time for yourself, eat right and take care of yourself. Through planning, establishing a routine and being realistic, it is possible to get that balance right.
Approaching study should be something that you constantly get better at. To get started, advice from others is often essential, but eventually you should aim to develop an awareness of yourself so that you can continually become more effective at achieving your goals.