Top 10 SchoolAdvice Study Strategies

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by Katie Nicol | Principal SchoolAdvice Academy.  | [email protected]

Exam period can be a stressful time for many students, so we’ve published a  Top Ten SchoolAdvice Study Strategies list that can help ease anxiety and let students be confident when writing their exam.

Number One

Number One

RELAX


Your study sessions should be calm and relaxed. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or uncomfortable while studying, it will be very difficult to retain information.

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Number Two

Number Two

Pace yourself


For students who have difficulties staying focused, short and frequent study periods are essential. Know your limit! You will be able to get more done in a shorter amount of focused time than longer study periods with loss of concentration. Example: If you can keep focused for 40 minutes:  Study for 40 minutes, then take a break for 10 minutes, return to study for 30 min. Repeat. Your 10 minute break should be to relax your mind, whether it’s having a snack or get in some physical exercise. Avoid any kind of screen time during your study break.

Number Three

Number Three

Time & Place


If possible, choose a time of day where you have the most energy and ability to focus and choose an environment that makes you feel relaxed and is devoid of distractions. (Turn off your phones!)

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Number Four

Number Four

think ahead


While studying, think about what questions can be asked and how you would answer them. If the information doesn’t seem important to the subject material, don’t spend too much time on it.

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Number Five

Number Five

calming music


Some students listen to music while they study. Listening to music that you listen to regularly or calming, classical music can also help in retaining the information that you are studying.

 

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Number Six

Number Six

Handwritten Notes


Write your notes by hand. Although many students spend their time studying on a computer and taking notes on a tablet or laptop, you are better able to remember your material when you write your notes by hand.

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Number Seven

Number Seven

Exam Style


Study for the style of exam.  If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.

Number Eight

Number Eight

Make some noise


Read out loud. To prevent entering a trance-like state where you’re reading without really processing, start reading out loud. It’s one of the oldest and lo-fi study hacks, but also one of the most effective

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Number Nine

Number Nine

FUel Up


Fuel your brain with healthy, whole food snacks. Fruits and nuts are great sources of fuel for snack time while studying or before taking your exam.

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Number Ten

Number Ten

Ready Yourself


Finally, when you sit down to take your exam, take three slow, deep breaths to relax and remind yourself that you are ready to take this exam.

 

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Bonus Tips

Bonus Tips

Tips for Multiple Choice Exams


Read the question first, don’t look at possible answers. Do you know the answer before looking at the possibilities. Choose it and move on.

If you’re unsure of the answer eliminate the ones you know are not possible.

Use grammatical clues in the question to eliminate other possible answers.

If an option is completely unfamiliar, it’s most likely not the answer

If you are stuck on a question, move on to the next one and go back later.

Once you’ve done the entire exam, you may have found hints and extra information that can help you answer the questions you weren’t sure about. (You can usually find a lot of hints and reminders in others questions throughout the exam).

 

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