1. Avoid Procrastination
This is totally obvious right? Yet so many of us do it! You will feel so much better about tackling assessment if you avoid procrastination, not to mention you will do better in your assessment. So how do we avoid procrastination? Have a study plan and find a healthy balance. Set yourself study targets and reward these by taking a break.
2. Create Study Goals
Identify what you want to achieve. Believe it or not this is a powerful strategic tool that can motivate you to grow and effect positive change. Remember, take one step at a time!
3. Organise a Study Plan
Use those study goals you've just created to work out a study plan! Time seems to go so quickly and we know you’re busy, that’s why it’s imperative that you plan your time wisely and schedule in study periods. Think of ‘study time’ as work, you wouldn’t skip work so make sure you don’t skip those all-important study periods. You can create your study planner here.
4. Schedule Regular Study Breaks
Regular breaks are an important part of the study process. Short study breaks not only improve your focus but they boost your productivity. Study breaks can include activities such as getting a hot drink, chatting to a friend, going for a short walk, heading to the gym or playing with puppies!?
5. Test yourself
Testing yourself is an important part of the study process. Did you know that you’re 50% more likely to remember something if you speak it out loud instead of simply reading it over and over again? Or why not make up flash cards and get a friend to test you. It is these study processes which will help you in an exam.
6. Understand what you are learning
This may seem incredibly obvious but understanding a concept rather than rope learning or memorising content can be incredibly beneficial in an exam situation. This is especially true when the exam requires written answers rather than multiple choice. If you understand something, you are less likely to forget it. A great way to test whether or not you understand something is to see if you can explain it to another person.
7. Find a study environment that works for you
Picking an appropriate study environment is very important as this can be a facilitator of productivity. Whilst some people may enjoy studying somewhere with background noise, others may work better in an area that is very quiet. Alternately, others may enjoy having movement around them, whilst other students find any movement to be incredibly distracting. You need to work out what is best for you, whether this is studying at home, in your bedroom, at uni, at the public library, in a café or even in a park. There are so many choices.
8. Be Positive
Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Did you know that you are more likely to take in new information and be productive if you have a positive attitude? If you are in a negative frame of mind you are not going to give yourself the opportunity to learn everything you need to know because you already feel like you ‘can’t’! Without negative thoughts circling around in your head you will have more time and energy to learn what you need to know. In addition to this, positive thinking can help to reduce stress and allows you to cope better during stressful periods.
9. Stay active!
Check out these great stretches! To show you how to do them, we've recruited the help of some staff members! Enjoy!
Remember if you are having trouble, Russo Business School has services available to help! Please contact The Learning Centre by emailing TLC@jcub.edu.au, call: 3001 7843 or drop in to see us on level 8.