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Study & Research Skills

A guide to smart study and research skills

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How to Study:

1. Have a good study area

Pick a place in your house that is quiet, well-lit and away from noise and people.  If you don't have this option at home, try studying at school or in the library.

2. Turn off your phone

Your phone, TV and iPad are all distractions.  Turn them off while you are studying or simply put them on silent and concentrate for 30 minute study blocks, then give yourself a 5 minute break to message your friend or check Facebook.

3. Be organised

Make sure your desk is tidy and organised. It will stop you from getting distracted and instead help you to concentrate on studying and learning by not having to search for notes under all the papers on your table.

4. Create a study timetable

A study timetable helps make you aware of how much time you actually have each week and helps you to focus on using that time effectively.

5. Take breaks

Breaks are an integral part of a good study technique.  Taking regular breaks has been proven to reduce tiredness and increase your ability to absorb information you are trying to learn.  Study in 30 minute block periods and then take a 5 minute break to relax before you go on to your next subject.  Why not take a stroll to relax and stretch your legs.

6. Practice exam papers

Past exam papers are a very useful insight into what your exam will be like.  Practice exam papers every day if possible.  You will be surprised how often questions re-appear!

7. Recap

Spending 5 minutes a day going over what you have learnt is a great way to focus and ensure that you don't forget all the information you have learnt.