06/02/2015

My Study Tips

So it's the end of the first week back at uni where they tell you to start revising right away for exams that are months away. At school I didn't used to mind doing exams as there was always time to resit them but this time as I near graduation, it's imperative that I full focus on them or I won't be able to graduate!

My main tip with studying is to do lots of smaller chunks rather than a full day's worth of revising. I struggle to sit down at my desk for a full day and take notes without getting distracted or bored or uncomfortable!

Here are the rest of my top tips:

  1. Schedule your revision in. For me, I often have lots of chapters to read so by grouping a couple together, I sit down for a couple of hours and focus on that. For that reason, I plan this well in advance. I like to write my revision timetable in my diary but then write it up on paper to stick on my pinboard so I can see it every time I enter my room.
  2. Buy yourself a diary/planner. My last tip ensures that I need one anyway! I spread the reading out evenly and write down which chapters I need to read on which day. I always leave time at the end of the week (usually Sunday nights) in case I need to recap an area.
  3. Buy your materials in advance. For summer exams, most people start revising at Easter so the prices of materials go up and then it can be difficult to find them anyway! I tend to buy my stationary in January but to be honest, I buy it throughout the year because I have a slight addiction! 
  4. Clean your study space. My desk is one of my favourite places in the house; it's my private space that I only sit at for work. For that reason, when I don't have any work to do, it ends up piled full of books and magazines just because I have nowhere else to put them! When it's serious revision time, I allocate my hour or so to make sure I clear it of clutter and give it a proper clean.
  5. Remove distractions. As I study upstairs, I leave my phone downstairs and most of the time, I leave my laptop hidden away too as I tend to use books to revise. I like to creating a relaxing environment so I always study with the radio playing but I know some people prefer to revise in silence.
  6. Take regular breaks. I tend to have a 50:10 rule. 50 minutes study warrants a 10 minute break when I usually go to check my phone, fill up my water bottle, grab a bite to eat and stretch my legs. 
  7. Keep hydrated! Water is so important; it allows your brain to function properly which for that reason alone, it is vital to drink up when you're studying. I aim for about 2-3 litres a day so I fill up my water bottles in the morning and store them in the fridge until I need them.
  8. Let in the light. My desk is situated right next to my window which is great.  usually keep a window open too to let in some fresh air. I find I focus more with sunlight rather than on a night.
  9. If you don't understand something, ask. I tend to ask girls in my class first as they tend to explain things better than a lecturer can. But if all else fails, I'll make a list of questions and go see my lecturer. I find they prefer this rather than bombarding them with emails.
  10. Focus but still make time for yourself. When it comes down to revision time, I cut down on social plans. Even though I try to study during the day, sometimes if I've been revising during the day, I'm very content with spending the night on the sofa watching TV. Little things at the end of the day such as painting my nails or blogging give me a bit of relief after working so hard!
There are so many tips that I could go one forever but these are my favourite. Do you have any other tips for me?
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