Study Skills

Setting SMART goals each time you study will ensure you are studying effectively.

Goals must be:

  • Specific: what will you achieve? What will you do?
  • Measurable: How will you decide whether you’ve met the goal you’ve set out to achieve?
  • Achievable: Is your goal simplified enough to ensure you can do it? Do you have the information needed to complete your goal?
  • Relevant: How relevant is your goal?
  • Time-bound: Can you complete your goal within a certain time frame?
  • Reward yourself when you have reached a goal!

Time management

Time management is essential in order to prevent cramming and stressed-out nights prior to exams.

  • Have a specific time to study – make a daily/weekly timetable
  • Allow time for down time
  • Break-up study time – take regular breaks
  • Stick to your schedule

Be an active learner

If students only read over their notes, they are studying in a passive way. The are not ‘doing’ anything with the information they received. In order to become an active learner they must reorganise the information received in class in a way that makes sense to them. You must engage with the material to understand it.

How to become an active learner

  • Study in a quiet, well-lit environment
  • Eliminate distractions (unplug internet/keep phone in a different room while studying)
  • Take notes on what you are learning
  • Rearrange the information received in a way that makes sense to you
  • Make diagrams/ brainstorm information received
  • Summarise notes
  • Use flashcards
  • Have someone quiz you on the information you received

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