How do you Study?

As the Christmas season creeps up most schools are preparing for the dreaded Christmas exams. This week students have been asking the question – How do we study for exams? This is not an easy question to answer because it is a different answer for everyone. I have been advising students to experiment with different methods and see what works best for them.

There are loads of different methods people use to study. Some of which include:

  • Reading and Rereading – memorising information by reading
  • Read, underline and take notes – summarising
  • Rewrite the information into your own words
  • Rewrite in your own words and rewrite this again in a shorter version
  • Draw pictures/graphs that relate to the information
  • Associate key words or terms with images/songs/quotes etc.
  • Flashcards with key words
  • Write out questions on the content and ask friend/family to quiz you
  • Spider Diagrams/ Brainstorms/ bubble graph

To be able to study efficiently you need to be in the right environment. I would suggest the following:

  • Ensure the room is not too warm and not too cold
  • Don’t use a place that you use to relax or watch TV, your mind will find it easier to switch off
  • Not where you sleep because when you go to bed it will be hard to switch off, if you have a desk in your bedroom this is fine
    • Try work at a desk – will not work for everyone
  • Music works for some people
  • Dead silence works for others
  • Chewing gum, sucky sweets and lollies can help focus
  • Take breaks every 45 minutes or sooner if you find yourself loosing concentration
  • Keep hydrated – lots of water
  • Don’t stay up all night – sleep is very important

The most important thing to remember is that everyone is different and it often takes time to figure out what works for you. Do not give up As my favourite quote says: