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Top ten tips for studying

11th February 2019

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Top ten tips for studying

With extra bonus tip!

With extra bonus tip!

Our student blogger Sarah has some great advice to help you get on with assignments and revision:


Number One: Plan. Do not cram all your studying the night before your assignment is due or your exam. Plan your week, when will you study and how long for. It has been found that small doses of studying rather than chunks will help you retain the information.

Number Two: Get the right tools. Make sure you have the right material with you: notebook, pen, reading material. While using a laptop can be helpful and quicker, try writing it down. It helps you have a deeper understanding on topic.

 Desk with alarm clock, satchel, pen pot and notebook

Number Three: Get your zeds. Make sure you have enough sleep. It is important that your body is ready to study. This should also make it easier for you to retain the information as well as understand it.

Sleeping bulldog

Number Four: Take regular breaks. It is important that you do not sit for long periods at a time. Give your body a break, take a quick ten-minute walk or scroll through social media.

Number Five: Disconnect. Yes, the internet is helpful, but your phones are not when it comes studying. Use your phone as a reward, study for an hour have fifteen minutes on social media.

'Turn off cell phones' sign

Number Six: Noise levels. It has been found that classical music can help you study but so can complete silence. At the Hive there is a silent study space on the top floor, enabling you to study in peace and quiet.

Number Seven: Buddy up. Try studying in a pair or in a group. This way you can test each other. If you don’t know the information or do not understand the information in the textbook, then studying in a pair/group can help you.

Number Eight: Nap. Taking a power nap is helpful. It allows the brain to take a break and restore the information, helping you retain the information in the future, saving you some time.

Number Nine: Bring food and drink. It has been found that eating chocolate can help you study. It allows the brain to have a reward as well as yourself.

Big mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows

Number Ten: Test yourself. Yes, you may not know what the exam question is going to be. However, by testing yourself you can see areas you are weak on and therefore you can work on those areas. By doing this in plenty of time before the exam, you are more prepared and therefore more confident.

Number Eleven: Bonus tip! Don’t forget to Study Happy, Healthier and Smarter. Study Happy brings you numerous of ways on which to make the most of your studying experience. For more information click on the link

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