Poppy is back with more studying tips!
1. What kind of learner are you?
Everybody knows you need skills like active listening in class, understanding what you’re learning, note taking, managing your stress and time and memorizing that formula for photosynthesis. But what most people miss out is very important.
You’ll want to know what your learning style is if you want to pass that exam.
If you’re a visual learner, you’ll learn best when you use images and diagrams and charts. If you’re an auditory learner, sound and music help you learn, and maybe you like to use speech and writing to help you learn. If you like physically doing things to learn, you’re probably a kinesthetic learner. You might prefer using logic and reasoning, learning with others or work alone and study by yourself. All these factors can help you when you start studying because the minute you know how you work best, you can start to work to your best ability.
2. Time management and helpful tips
All of us students have heard it at some point- “You need to manage your time better!” Whether it’s getting caught up in endless scrolling on social media, hardcore procrastination, or the endless cycle of “Later!” almost everybody is guilty of putting off something. But here are some tips to help you on your path to productivity!
- Use a planner, a calendar, or something to track what you need to.
- Task lists can come in helpful. If you know what you have to do, you’re more likely to do it!
- Write down all your important dates- That test coming up, the assignment due in next Monday, or the Science dissection you’ve got period 2 tomorrow. Make sure you know when project due dates are coming up.
- When you have free time, use it! Review those notes you took in class, look over your English homework, anything. It will add up over time.
- Make sure you pay attention in class. If you know you will procrastinate at home, finish most of your work that can be finished in class. If you feel you are drifting off into the clouds, remind yourself what you are doing.
- What makes you procrastinate? Is it social media? Is it your mindset? Is it the fact you really hate Science dissections? Find your triggers and avoid them. Turn off social media, change the way you think, and try not to throw up when you think of a cows heart!
- High-stress times call for the most efficient use of your time. Make sure you know how to use your time to make the best of it and do so.
- Break all those huge tasks into smaller chunks. Say you have to study Math for the end of year exam. Break it down into Algebra, then study gradients and linear equations one week, and measurement the next.
- Don’t study all the time. You’ll burn yourself out and wear yourself down. Managing your time well means occasionally watching that Youtube video, or finding the time to do what you love.
- And if these strategies don’t work for you, try something else. With time, patience and experimenting you can find what works best for you.
3. Throwing free tips in the air like confetti so you can ace your exam
Okay, so first things first. Go to class. When you don’t need that laptop, don’t use it. Review your notes. Take good notes. Use textbooks. Use work booklets. Use references. Ask questions. Listen. Concentrate. Organize those good notes. Sit where you can actually hear the teacher. Identify the main topics and key terms. Underline the hell out of everything if it helps you memorise. Use different colours. Make diagrams. Make flow charts. Make venn diagrams. Fill in missing information. Be so confident about your work that you could recite your book backwards in your sleep. Find good study places. Don’t find distractions and interruptions. Review the course outline. Get as much information as you can about things you don’t understand. Look at past papers, assignments and weak spots to find those things you have difficulty with. Ask Questions!!. Make sure you understand. Practise on old exams. Create your own test questions. Study in a group if it works for you. If it doesn’t, don’t do that. Have a schedule. Stick to it. Take care of yourself. Sleep, eat well, exercise. Focus. Breathe. Thrive. And go into that exam with confidence. You’ve got this, after all.
4. When textbooks come to town
Think carefully about your strategies as you open up the textbook. Are you going to skim and scan your reading, or are you going to deeply pour over that textbook and take a tonne of notes? (This will depend on your subject, just a heads up.)
Make sure where you’re studying is comfortable and quiet, or at least free of distractions. Put that damn phone away! Now, are you settled? Begin by reading the headings, the subtitles, the diagrams, the introduction and the summary.
Find your key points. Read the content. Take notes that you know will help you. How is the studying connected to class? What are the main ideas?
Now, summarize. Highlight if you have to, but use the technique sparingly. Make sure you are actually paying attention to the content, not dazing off into a daydream.
Well done! You’ve taken good notes which should help you with your study. Now, remember to review those notes…
5. The top things you should perfect if you want that excellence
How to schedule your time. How to concentrate. How to listen well. How to take good notes. How to read a textbook and understand it.
Those writing skills. Those study skills. How to organize your thoughts into a logical paper… And not write that paper the night before they are due. How to read faster and change your reading speed when you’re dealing with difficult, unfamiliar text.
How to remember those details, main ideas and key concepts. How to study in an organised, motivated way.
Once you’ve mastered the art of ‘Identifying those important facts for that Social Studies’ assignment, you’re on your way to good grades!
Written by Poppy Hall