5 study tips to guarantee success!

Now that the academic year has started again it’s time to put away the beer kegs and actually pretend like you haven’t been on a completely different planet for the past couple months. We all find it very hard to adjust back to normal life (like waking up at a socially acceptable time, haha!) but we all have to face it and burry our heads into those text books that weigh more than the body mass of a small elephant and go to lectures that just make you want to jump out of that 3rd story window and suffer a few broken bones in order to just go back to bed.

So here I have devised a list of 5 study tips that will guarantee success and prevent cramming during exam season:

     1. GET ORGANISED!! This is the first tip to help with studies, if you don’t know where that piece of paper is with that ‘important date when that guy did that thing’; I doubt your brain will remember it. Colour co-ordination is very important in order to distinguish between different subjects, perhaps keeping coloured folders or writing in different coloured pens for each lesson will help, just figure out what’s best for you.

2. There’s no point in telling yourself that you’ll study tomorrow as ‘tomorrow never comes’ so make a timetable and stick to it. Maybe a 30 minute recap of each lesson a few times a week will help you retain information and a timetable will help as you'll know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing and when.

3. Keeping a diary goes without saying. A book of everything that needs to be done eg, homework or copying up notes all I one convenient place? Who wouldn’t do this? I highly advise a diary in order to keep not only your notes tidy but yourself organised.

4. Where you study is just as important as studying at all, revising will be a lot more convenient if its done in a quiet library rather than a dorm room with several separate parties going on all within ear shot. Also, move around different areas in order to keep studying fun by allowing your brain to discover new (but quiet!) environments, then you’ll be far more susceptible to retain information.

5. Practice exam papers not only familiarise yourself with the style of question that is asked but it allows you to improve your performance under time constraints. Going into an exam with a head full of knowledge but no exam skills will do you no favours, it’s a must in order to achieve a good grade!