10 Most Useful Study Tips For New Students
As a student returning to study after several years off, it can be a somewhat daunting feeling. Resuming study means that you must fine tune your organisational skills, get into new habits, and revise your day-to-day plans. As a result, any useful study tips are usually welcomed with open arms, and contribute greatly to future successes. If you are looking for some useful study tips to start your year on a positive, read the below ten points for a great starting point.
- Choose an appropriate study environment – a clean, well-lit area with minimal disruptions will be your best place to study.
- Determine your learning style, and use it to your advantage. If you learn best when listening – watch a lecture. Similarly, if you learn better when you read in your own time, ensure you take the time to do so.
- Don’t be afraid to speak up – if you don’t understand anything, feel free to ask your tutor, or discuss the subject matter with your classmates.
- Seek out new resources – don’t just look for books, other sources such as podcasts and online journals can be great for furthering your learning.
- Utilise your networking opportunities – your degree will provide you with a number of fantastic networking events. Use these to your advantage, and gain the perspectives of others during these conversations.
- When preparing for exams, it is useful to write all key points in dot point form. This will assist in memorising them, as well as recalling them at a later date.
- Take necessary study breaks to increase productivity. Listen to your body when you are tired – if you need a study break, take one, and then return when you are feeling more refreshed. You will process information better, and write more cohesively if you do.
- Space out your study – don’t try to do everything in one day. You will benefit from undertaking smaller study sessions in comparison to one large session.
- Quiz yourself – ensure that before an exam, you are able to recite key answers in your own words. If you are memorising word for word, you will not truly understand the concept.
- Ensure you plan for more study time than you need. More often than not, study will take longer to complete than you would like. It’s a smart idea to allow extra time, and should you need it then there is no issue.
What do you think?
Do you have any other useful study tips to add to the above list? I’m sure that there are many students out there who could share their insights. Feel free to comment below and join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.