Study Tips for the New Year

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Whether you’re returning to study or starting a course for the first time, here are some tips to help you make the most of your study time!

Start with a positive attitude

Starting a new year of study can be daunting, especially if you haven’t had great experiences in the past. Always start each new study period fresh and be open to changing your routine or incorporating new study techniques and habits.

It’s all about balance

Study is important, but it shouldn’t be your whole life. Try and find time in between classes and study to do something that makes you happy. Whether it’s going to the gym or reading a good book, studies have shown that giving your mind a break can often help with creativity and focus, resulting in shorter, but more productive study sessions.

Plan your time

It helps to have some plans in motion so you can make the most of your study time. A few weeks before classes start, buy a wall planner or diary and fill in all your weekly obligations (classes, assessment dates, work shifts, etc.) making sure to allocate specific blocks of time each day for study. Where you have blocks of free time, allocate things like gym workouts or visits with friends. The planner will help you keep track of everything and allow you to develop a solid routine.

Set up a study space

Your study space should be quiet, comfortable and away from any distractions. It should make you feel happy and inspired. Decorate it with pictures or your favourite inspirational quotes – anything that makes you feel productive and powerful.

Discover your learning style

Most of us have a preferred way of learning and absorbing information. Think back to times when you’ve picked up something quickly or easily and try to remember what made it click for you. Was it hearing someone explain how to do it? Did you watch someone demonstrate something? Or did you just jump in and do it yourself? If you’re an auditory learner, try reading your notes aloud or discussing them with other people. If you’re a visual learner, try using colours and diagrams, or if you’re a tactile learner, try doing a practice test or a draft essay and remember to get feedback.

Stay motivated

Studying can often feel tedious and stressful, so it helps to have something to look forward to at the end. If you’re working towards a specific career outcome, put a picture of someone in that profession up in your study space. Or if you’ve decided to treat yourself and take a gap year after you’ve got your qualification, put pictures up of all the places you’re going to travel to.