The Study Process

Follow these six tips to successful studying.

Create a study timetable
A study timetable will help you feel more organised. Create a timetable that includes the times that you spend on each subject. Allocate breaks between study sessions.

A tried and tested method of studying:

Mood: Set a positive mood for studying, by having an appropriate study environment equipped with everything you need.
Understand: Mark off any information you don’t understand.
Recall: After studying a unit, attempt to rewrite the information in your own words.
Digest: Go back to any areas you did not understand, and read the material again. If necessary, ask someone to help you or read further on the subject.
Expand: Ask yourself three kinds of questions about the material. If you could speak to the author, what would you ask him or her? How can you apply this material to your specific interests? How would you teach this information to someone else?
Review: Revise the material you have covered one more time. This will help to transfer the information from short-term to long-term memory.

Summarise
It is much simpler to study a small load, than a mass of information. This is where your summarising skills come into play.
After reading over a chapter once and highlighting the important parts, start writing down these important parts. Once you have done this with each chapter, staple your summaries together, put your textbook away and start studying from your summaries. You will be amazed at how easily your brain absorbs these summaries.

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