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Top tips to study smarter

Jan 22, 2014

We all have to take exams. SATS, GCSEs, A Levels, NVQs, degrees – they all require hard work and regular tests.

Do you find yourself wondering how some people seem to be able to revise and sail through their exams? Do you find it difficult to concentrate and motivate yourself to prepare for those all important assessments? Or perhaps you spend hours studying but don't achieve the results you want?

Perhaps it's time to 'study smarter'.

The team from Kip McGrath Education Centre in Brentwood explains in more detail.

Studying is not something that you're born with – you have to learn and practice your study skills in order for them to become effective, much like riding a bike. And in the same way, studying doesn't start when you open up that book after dinner. It starts the moment you walk into the classroom. Therefore, our first top tip is to:

Pay attention in class

Make sure you listen, take notes and really try to take in what the teacher is telling you. Don't be afraid to ask questions if something is confusing you – it's much better to ask and understand than walk away still not having a clear idea of the topic.

Make sure you take good notes

How many times have you gone to do your homework or revise, only to find that you can't read your own handwriting? Perhaps you've missed some key facts because you haven't organised your notes properly? It's always a good idea to keep all of your books and information about a particular subject in one place so you don't end up losing important information.

Plan ahead!

Again, organisation is key. Revising for a big exam the night before makes it highly unlikely that you'll do your best. Plus, it's incredibly stressful to leave things until the last minute. Instead, use a calendar to write down important dates and work out a study schedule. This means that instead of trying to cram your revision into just a few days, you can spend regular allotted time in the preceding months to study without that last minute pressure.

Manageable chunks

If you're feeling overwhelmed, breaking subjects and topics down into manageable chunks will make life much easier. You can focus on each 'chunk' one at a time rather than feeling like you have a mountain of revision to climb.

Repetition, repetition, repetition!

Don't worry if you can't remember something on the first try. Practice makes perfect, so the more time you spend reviewing and repeating, the more likely it is that it will stay with you.

Ask for help if you need it

There is absolutely no shame in asking for help. If you're confused about anything, speak to your teacher and ask them to explain it to you again. Once you have a better understanding, make sure you amend your notes so you remember the next time you cover that subject.

Sleep well!

Your brain needs time to digest all that information, so make sure that you get plenty of sleep in the run-up to any exam. This, again, is where planning comes in – if you have designated specific study time to revise, you won't need to stay up all night cramming!

Kip McGrath Study Skills programme

Concentration is a skill that can be learned and developed. With the right help and support, your child will learn the importance of time management and organisation, helping them to channel exam stress into positive motivation.

With this in mind, Kip McGrath Education Centre in Shenfield, Brentwood has organised a Study Skills programme, which will be taking place during the first week of the Easter holidays (7th to 11th April 2014). It is aimed at students in transition-Year 9 through to tertiary enrolment.

As a ten lesson Study Skills course, students will be provided with the tools they need to help with homework, exam preparation and study techniques in general.

Run as a small group, students will have the opportunity to interact with others and bounce ideas off one another. The course will include:

* Effective time management for students
* Setting and achieving goals
* Study techniques for individual learning styles
* Improving concentration
* Effective note taking
* Overcoming exam anxiety
* Research skills and organisation

Please click here for full contact details for Kip McGrath Education Centre in Brentwood.

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