Many HSC students think they know what a healthy and efficient study routine and habits are, but most fail to truly grasp the importance of them, which has a significant impact on their results. Here are a few study tips and habits you should incorporate into your academic life to maximise your grades.
It is vital that you figure out your own way of keeping up with your academic, personal, and professional life all at once. Many students like writing stuff down in planners, while others may prefer a dry erase board as a calendar. You can even use apps on your phone and laptop to stay on top. An organisation style that works for you will help you plan for upcoming assessments and allow you to be a little more stress-free.
Know your learning style
In year 11 rather than stressing about your results you should figure out what learning style suits you the most, identifying the flaws in your current approach. Knowing how you learn best will benefit you for the rest of your life. Many students learn best by listening to others, some learn better with images, others with hands-on work. Figuring out your learning style can determine how you can get the most out of studying. You will be able to identify your learning style through experimentation.
Taking good notes is a part of being organized, and it also makes studying much easier. Taking notes on what your teachers frequently mention will help you determine what to focus on when it comes to studying for your exams. Using the syllabus is perhaps the most important aspect of writing effective notes. You should aim to answer every syllabus point effectively using various resources including class notes, textbooks, videos etc.
This is a cliché but for a good reason. Cramming may help you pass the exam because you memorized your study guide, but what good is it if you forget important information you may need for later? If you want to retain the material you’ll need later, study on a regular basis. Cramming will also cause a lot of stress which can have a negative impact on your mental and emotional health.
Taking breaks is essential to having a successful study session. Several studies show that taking breaks while studying improves your focus and concentration. Test how long you can sit in one setting without getting distracted. This will let you know how often you need to take a break. For some people this may be 30 minutes, for others 90 minutes may be ideal. 10-20 minute breaks are recommended, but make sure you try to minimise your screen time in this break, go out for a walk or just meditate for that time to relax.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. If you are trying to remember and retain the information you have studied so hard to learn, lack of sleep will not help. You’re in college. Pulling all-nighters sounds thrilling, but make sure this isn’t your normal routine. Do what works and is best for you!