Maintain your health
-Get a good amount of sleep. HYDRATE; you will learn best in your best physical state, water stops headaches and energises you. Have snacks, try to keep them healthy however make sure you’re getting food. If you have anxiety, although I don’t stick to this, avoid coffee, it will just make you feel worse.
Note take efficiently
-Find out what at type of a learner you are; kinaesthetic, visual or auditory then look up methods specific to target this. It’ll mean you absorb more information
Try to keep a designated study space
-This way your brain will associate your studying with this space and it’s less likely that you will switch off. It means you can also limit distractions. Try to separate it from distractions, designate one room in your house and use it consistently or use a library. Make sure you keep it clean and organise your supplies.
Use all of the time that you don’t do anything in.
-Do you get public transport to school? How much time do you spend sitting around not doing anything? Waiting for dinner to cook or the kettle to boil or bath to run, utilise your time! It’d make your life a lot simpler. Also wake up early and use your mornings this is some of your most valuable time.
Put in the effort from day one
-Set goals. Manage your time wisely, make a timetable and stick to it. Prepare yourself, buy yourself new stationary and pack your bag the night before use to do lists regularly, they can really benefit you. PLAN, planners can really help you use your time wisely and feel good about yourself, limiting the stress. Writing everything on a wall calendar can be helpful because it means that you’re able to see it all of the time so you don’t forget anything. Make sure you never skip lessons unless you’re unwell. Try to get your homework done.
Keep on top of things
-Read ahead whilst also making sure you’re keeping on top of your current work. Do a little every day rather than cramming before a test. Make notes in classes and then review them when you get home and then set aside time a few days later to rewrite them into a study guide using examples and preferred study method. Maybe also make flashcards that you’re able to review every few days and before every test, that way it is a lot easier to retain the knowledge for your official tests, it keeps it active in your mind and makes recall earlier. Speaking of, put your all into revising for every test, even the stupid little in class ones because this will really help in the long run and it’ll all stick. Make revision a habit.
-speak up and ask a teacher whether you stay behind and ask for help after class or ask during. They are there to help you but they aren’t mind readers. Also volunteering your answers and participating in class will resonate with you and help broaden your knowledge.
-They can be beneficial but only if you find the right people who are going to motivate rather than distract.
Use what you know
-put the things that you are learning into context of things that you do know. Psychology states that this is the most effective way to learn. Maybe use examples or mnemonics.
-Teach it to someone else, this will really help you because it means that you are able to understand it in the simplest terms and you can maintain your knowledge. Use practice paper papers then take note of your weaknesses so you can improve on them. If you have projects or tasks, break them down. Spend ten minutes before bed going over flashcards.
Finally, don’t overwhelm yourself, take breaks to refocus and remember how lucky you are to have access to an education. Focus on your goals and how your work will pay off.
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