Study Skills

In managing your study time it really pays to have a regular study plan. Here are some general principles to bear in mind when establishing your plan :

  • Make use of “dead time”- think of ways you could study in small units of time so you don’t waste time! e.g. use mind maps or index cards
  • Make best use of daylight hours — most people work better during the day than at night – even if you have to get up earlier
  • Put tasks in order of priority — that way you get important things done first.
  • Keep your schedule brief — spending too much time detailing your schedule is just another way of avoiding doing your studies.
  • Near exam time plan in blocks of time — usually one hour (50 minutes to study and 10 minutes break), but remember you can still get a lot done in shorter periods.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep — most people need at least 8 hours.
  • Eat regular well-balanced meals, and drink plenty of water. Poor diets can cause irritability and tiredness, as well as affecting motivation.
  • Don’t underestimate how long things are going to take — better to start early and finish early than start later and run out of time!
  • Plan to include some time for relaxation and recreation

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