- Start your study early
- Finish writing your notes early. The best way is to write your notes as you learn the content in class. This way, you have more time to revise and do past papers.
2. Plan out your study
- This makes sure you do not spend too much time on a single subject and neglect others. Figure out which subjects you think you need more time, and allocate time accordingly.
- Keep things interesting and do not spend too long studying one subject.
3. Study smart (not hard)
- After you have learnt the content, do lots of practice questions! This will consolidate your knowledge, and will also teach you how to tick off the marking criteria. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing the content but not getting the marks!
- Tailor your study approach to the nature of the subject. For example:
- For sciences, stick to a dot point approach – tick off all the syllabus dot points and use that as a guide on what knowledge you should study.
- For English, write practice essays, paragraphs, topic sentences, etc. It would also be useful to read critical analysis to enhance your understanding of the texts.
- Concentrate when you are studying and take breaks regularly. Efficiency dips considerably after certain amounts of time and burnout can occur, lowering efficiency again. Research says that it is ideal to breaks once every 1.5 hour.
5. Sleep early
- The motto “stop, revive, survive” does not only apply on the roads, but also to studying. Do not compromise your sleep schedule for studying, as it is your study efficiency that will ultimately suffer. Sleep early, wake early – so when exams finally come around, you will not have to fix your sleep patterns just to get to the exam on time.