Effective Study and Learning Habits
1. Find a quiet place to study without distractions.
Put away your cellphone/tablet if this tends to get more focus than the actual work to be studied.
Make sure your table is uncluttered.
2. Find out exactly what the test/exam covers.
Past test/ exam papers can be very helpful but remember not to “spot” study solely based on them.
Ask your teacher for clarity if you are unsure of something or feel confused.
3. Make ‘mind maps’ and Summaries
Collecting ideas and summarizing thoughts can be very helpful but remember not to spend too much time making it look pretty and colourful – this won’t help you when you are writing.
4. Plan a study schedule
A study schedule must be set up early on so that you have sufficient time to study.
Make sure you develop a clear, realistic plan of what you can cover in each study session.
Break down big subjects/ sections into small manageable chunks.
5. Take breaks
Take a short rest and move around in between each study session.
Make sure you drink a lot of water – your brain needs to be hydrated to function at its best!