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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Top 8 Tips To Successful Studying

I know that when I first started having exams in year 9 I had no idea how to study and since then I have picked up some tips that I want to share with you, hoping that you get something out of it.
1. Study Atmosphere
- When studying, you don't want to do it somewhere that there are lots of distraction (TV, people, etc.). Make sure where you are studying is free from distractions, well light, tidy and well ventilated.

2. Study Time 
Most people think studying is sit down and study for hours on end. Well it's not, making sure you have lots of breaks is important. After you have done a certain amount of studying your brain tends to switch off and you don't learn anymore. 30 minutes of studying is the ideal amount of time to study with a 5 - 10 minuter break.
Make sure you aren't watching TV in this time other wise it will take longer to get back into studying and when your break time is up you won't want to leave because you are half way through a TV show. In your break get something to eat and drink, maybe go outside to get some fresh air or just relax on the sofa.
Also don't cancel things you like doing for studying, fit studying around the things you like doing!
Go out with your friends and if you have nothing to do after that then study.

3. Study Groups
This is one of the most effective methods of study. Get a group of friends that work well together, elect each person a section of the study to do, then go off do your part, after come back together and each person explain what they have learnt and photocopy notes for everyone else. It gets the work done in a lot less time.

4. Break Study Down
Study is always thought of as this massive thing but it doesn't have to be. If you break it down into small sections and plan on doing 1 section at a time it becomes a lot easier and less frightening.

5. Start Early
If you start studying early and make noted during the term you won't have to spend so much time writing the noted out again neater and more time actually learning.

6. Practise Papers
Practise papers are exams or tests that have been done in previous years. They help you get an idea of what its going to be like and the type of questions that are going to be asked. These are brilliant and I defiantly recommend this.

7. How To Write Notes
Make sure to use colour in your notes as it makes the brain recognise the different sections of what you are learning and takes it in easier. Colour can be used in pictures or colour coding different sections of what you are learning.
Also make sure all your notes are tightly together. Leave big gap between sections with sub-headings and write in dot points with key, trigger words rather than whole sentences.

8. Review Notes
Once you have written your notes don't just leave them until a week before your exam. Review them monthly to make sure you know them ahead of the exam.

Good Luck!


  1. Such a helpful post! Really enjoyed reading it, love your blog! :)