With assignment time just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to share my study tips with everyone!

COLOURING CODING

This is so important! There are actual studies showing that you remember things better when you associate a colour with them, so colour code your notes! Write them with pretty gel pens, highlight them with the brightest colours you can find, stick them onto coloured note-cards. It will help, trust me.

STICKY NOTES

Tab your pages with sticky notes. It will make flipping through your notes for a subject way easier if you can just pick up at a tab rather then search through the whole book.

THE WRITE THING TO DO IS REWRITE!

Write, write and rewrite your notes. Keep two notebooks – one with your quickly scribbled class notes and then one that you transfer all your nice notes into. Then summarize your nice notes. Summarize it again. And again and again and again. Not only will it mean that if you are allowed to take a cheat sheet in you can fit everything on one page, it will help you remember things.

SLEEP

If you’re tired, you won’t be able to study as effectively. Don’t stay up late studying, because you won’t be able to remember it that well anyway.

TAKE BREAKS

Memorizing a big chunk of information is taxing, and if you immediately go onto the next big paragraph you’ll forget to first one. Take short ten minute breaks – have a drink or a snack, go for a walk around the block, whatever clears your head, and then return.

KEEP A TO-DO LIST

If you try and remember everything you have to do off the top of your head, you’ll forget something. I can guarantee it. Writing it down means you’ll remember to do it, and you get the satisfying feeling of crossing it off the list.

DON’T CRAM LAST MINUTE

The best time to cram revise is the night before an exam or test – not the morning of it! Try your best to avoid it, and instead spend the morning of your test doing something calming.

MUSIC

While you’re studying, most people like to listen to music. And in most cases, it’s great! It keeps you focused and on task and you can set your study times to the songs. However, in some cases it can be less then beneficial. Your brain can often wander to trying to sing the song or remember the lyrics or learn them if it’s a new song, and when it’s too loud it can be distracting. So when listening to music try to make sure it’s:

  1. Quiet
  2. Lyric-less or at least one that you know the lyrics to
  3. Calming

I hope this helped you and I wish you all the luck with your tests/exams/assignments!

(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)

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