- Get your attitude right. Positive thinking won't make you pass the test if you haven't studied, but negative thinking can make you fail even when you know the work. It's the magic of our brain, the "mind over matter" phenomenon. So tell yourself you'll do well in the exams. Tell yourself you love to study. Once you've studied hard, tell yourself you know the work.
- Get your health right. Make sure you get enough sleep. If you're underslept, you won't be productive. Sleep is never a waste of time - your body and brain need it.
- Do you know what helps you learn well? A dim room or a bright room? Morning or evening? Bullet points or understanding the overall picture? Working on one thing or many things at once? Buy a copy of LSA Adult to help you answer these questions.
- Some fun tools to help you study (careful though, or they can become too time consuming and counter-productive): mind maps, reading textbooks, remembering.
- A fellow student talks about studying here.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
How To Study For Exams
With exams around the corner, most students' minds turn to the process of studying. Do you know your particular method for assimilating information? Do you know what works best for you? Here are a few general tips: