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Study Tips

Study Tips

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and have been enjoying reading week.

For this week’s blog post I thought I would share some of my fail-safe study methods with you, whether for assignments or exam revision.

Tip 1: Post-it Notes: Over exam time you will find these all over my walls!  I especially like to use the brightly coloured ones because they stand out more, meaning I remember them better.

Tip 2: Mind-maps: Although these are useful when revising for an exam, I find mind maps especially helpful when planning an assignment.  I use them to break the brief down into the different bits I need to write about.  By doing this it becomes clearer what you have to do and makes it easier when it comes to writing the assignment for you have an order to it.

Tip 3: Flash cards: I live by these when it comes to exams. They are easy to fit into my bag, meaning I can study on the go.  I also feel it helps me with my memory as I can go over and over them almost like a game.  When writing my flash cards, I like to have a question on one side and the answer on the back.  I also like to split them into different subjects and topics.

Tip 4: Coloured pens: One thing I would definitely recommend when studying is getting coloured pens as they can help make certain things stand out as well as making everything slightly more fun!

Tip 5: Timing: Something I have found over the past few years is that I am not one of those people who can sit there for several hours straight revising and remember it all afterwards.  Instead I prefer to revise for 40 minutes and have 20 minutes’ rest (as revising is hard work and I often need a snack!).  However, when it comes to writing an assignment I don’t like to have breaks, as it disrupts my flow and means I  forget what I’m talking about.

Tip 6: Food: Putting sweets at certain points on the page is great motivation to get you to read.  When you reach the sweet you can eat it and keep going until the next.  I find this especially useful when researching for an assignment.

I hope you found these tips helpful and give some of them a try. They work well for me, so I hope they do for you, too.  Everything is worth a go if it helps you get the mark you want in the end.

If you have any questions or suggestions of what you would like me to write about, please leave a comment.

Jessica x



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