Study tips and techniques to help improve exam results

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Students who adopt and implement good study skills and strategies are far more likely to succeed and attain better results. All individuals are unique and different study methods work differently for each person. Below are a few suggestions and tips to improve your learning experience and study techniques.

  • Review your lecture notes immediately after class when all your thoughts and ideas are fresh. Write down questions to ask your lecturer for deeper understanding.
  • Cramming the night before an exam will not help to improve your grades. Rather come up with a plan well in advance and space out your studies. Review your subject material several times and focus on one topic at a time.
  • Find or create a study area that is quiet, comfortable, has good lighting with minimum distractions. Avoid your bed or family room with television in background.
  • Make sure that all your study material is close at hand including your lecture notes, textbooks, guides, summaries that you have made. This will avoid leaving your area of study to find something and breaking your concentration.
  • Plan and manage your study sessions giving more emphasis to the important subject material at the outset. Doing this will give you time access what you know and if necessary approach your lecturer for assistance.
  • Start with understanding the broader overall concepts and main ideas of course material leaving the details for later. Write down the main ideas first to make sure that you have grasped the overall picture of your courses.
  • As you read through your course material make brief notes of all the important ideas. Thereafter, write a summary to ensure that you haveĀ  fully grasped all concepts of the subject material or topic at hand.
  • Do not study for lengthy periods at a time. It is better to take frequent short breaks. 10 minutes every hour.
  • Create a plan to manage your time and subject material well in advance. You will be more successful if you spread out your study sessions instead of having to cram all your material the night before your exam. Studying every day will help you to retain all information over the log term. Cramming will help you in the short term but when it comes to the big final exam you will have start all over again.
  • When you read your course material, be honest and make sure you understand what you trying to learn. Avoid trying to memorizing everything. Understanding the overall subject matter will make it easier to remember the details.
  • Prior to final exam test yourself and identify your strong and weak areas. Ask a friend to test you and / or get hold of old exams or practice tests.
  • Don’t forget to manage your nutritional needs and feed your brain. Eat healthy and exercise.

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