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Study Habits

There is never only one set way of doing things in life. Studying is very much the same. There are a number of ways in which to go about studying for your exams.

Ever wondered why you may be struggling to remember what you studied?

Here are some of the different techniques that you could use to help you study:

Keys to Managing your time

  • Managing your time must become a habit.

  • Be consistent.

  • Be alert.

  • Avoid distractions.

  • Have a clear balance between your personal, social and academic activities.

  • Develop a study plan or schedule.

  • Take breaks.

  • Prioritise studying - the most important subjects first.

  • Be positive.

  • Occupy a quiet space.

  • Do not cram.

  • Do not procrastinate.

  • Use repetition.

Study Techniques

  • Note Making – Putting the content into your own words.

  • Mind Maps – Outline your ideas.

  • Underlining – Highlight key areas of content after reading through it.

  • Drawings – Helps visual learners to remember things.

  • Flashcards – Retaining facts, key ideas etc.

  • Mnemonics – A memory trick that works by association (E.g. Because = Betty Eats Cakes And Uncle Sells Eggs.)

  • Case studies – Visualise the real world applications of a theory.

  • Brainstorming – Expanding your ideas.

  • Quizzes – Highlights your strengths and weaknesses.

Once you have identified which study technique works best for you, then you need to train your brain to retain the information through consistency and practice.

Remember: A positive attitude and a comfortable, quiet environment can do wonders.


Samantha Campher


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