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Tips for effective study

Establish a routine

Set aside a particular time of day for studying and revision.

Set a timetable

Create a timetable that allows you to cover all subjects in anorganised manner rather than jumping from one to the other orprocrastinating about what to do. Make sure to timetable breaks forno more than 20 minutes, every 2 hours. Timetable in all yourcommitments to sport, dance etc so you can manage the time you have left. Put your timetable on the wall so you can always see it.

Get your room in order and limit distractions

Limit your distractions by making sure your room and desk are clean and organised. An organised room = an organised mind. Remove your Facebook, iPad, phone or any other devices that will distract you from revision. Find a quiet space and get to work.

Develop healthy habits

  • i) Sleep: A good night’s sleep (7-9 hours at least) does wonders for your concentration and memory recall.
  • ii) Eat: Eat healthy foods and keep junk food to a minimum when the big exams are coming up.
  • iii) Dink: Plenty of water.
  • iv) Exercise: Timetable regular exercise to boost your energy levels and minimise stress.

Test yourself

Practice, practice and more practice is the key to success. Use your flash cards, text books, past exams, tutoring sheets or even ask your parents to quiz you, in order to test your skills.

Reward yourself

Take a walk or watch your favourite TV show as a reward for sticking to your study timetable, or reaching a personal best.

Ask for help

If you get stuck on a topic or section or even on how to get started, ask someone (parent, tutor or teacher) for help. Believe in yourself If you’ve put in the work you will reap the rewards. The power of “positive thought” really is one of the keys to success, not just in exams but in all aspects of life. Being prepared come test time decreases your nerves and will allow you to perform at your best.

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