Bought to you by the SYC Abel Tasman Team:
The holidays are creeping in closer and closer.. and there’s only one thing in the way of kicking back with a Coca-cola lying on the beach and that’s NCEA EXAMS!
Weather you have 1 or 10 exams coming up, you’re in the right place.
Here are SYC’s top 10 study tips to get you ready to smash those papers!
Tip 1: BLOCK OUT “STUDY TIMES” INTO YOUR DAY!
Don’t leave it up to chance to get your study done, make sure you schedule it in. That way you’ll know for sure you’ll sit down and get some work done.
Tip 2: PICK YOUR STUDY SPACE WISELY!
Do your work best sitting at a desk in your room or at the library? Maybe it’s the lounge floor with soft music playing in the the background. Either way, figure out what works for you and use that place as your study space!
Tip 3: NOISE LEVELS
As a general rule, most people find it hard to concentrate when there’s a lot of noise going on around them. So where ever you’ve picked your study space to be, be sure to minimise noise around you! Headphones with music turned right down often help with drowning out external noise.
Tip 4: LEARNING STYLES
We all have different learning styles. Do you like watching someone show you how to do something? Do you like figuring problems out through trial and error? How about listening to someone teaching you something?
Figure out what your personal style is and find ways to work in that style.
Tip 5: TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
Studying is hard work – believe us, we know. So remember to take regular breaks! A study at a university overseas recommends taking a 10 minute break every 60 – 90 minutes. During this break, don’t just sit around mindlessly eating a bag of your favourite chips, be sure to stand up, move around and get that blood flowing all around your body!
Tip 6: FIND A STUDY BUDDY
Friends are always a good time, even if you have to study together. Having someone to study with can help keep you both on track, bounce ideas off each other, swapping notes and testing each other off cue cards!
Although, pick your study buddy wisely… maybe not the guy/gal you sit beside in History that your teacher tries to split up every lesson. There’s a reason for that!
Tip 7: ASK FOR HELP!
Believe it or not, other people know things too. If you get really stuck on a topic/question/equation, ask for help! Facebook message that really smart guy in your Math class, flick your teacher an email, call your youth leader or ask your parents! (Yes, your parents might have something to contribute).
Tip 8: EAT YOUR VEGETABLES
Ever heard of ‘healthy body, healthy mind’? Well now you have. Eating the right foods can help with memory and focus! Who knew right? Eating foods that aren’t high in sugar and cholesterol can really benefit you brain (and body)! So maybe swap out that block of chocolate for some carrot sticks and dip.. Or that bowl of deep fried chips for a bowl of fruit salad! You can thank us later.
Tip 9: REWARD YOURSELF
Who doesn’t like reward?! A reward is often a driver of motivation. Set little study milestones and chuck a reward at the end of each milestone and watch yourself go!
For example, at the end of each practice exam paper, write down what your reward will be at the end of it – I.e. a chocolate bar or an episode of your favourite Netflix programme. Try it!
Tip 10: STAY POSITIVE
Last but not least… stay positive. Studying can be tiring and morale can droop during times of intense study. But remind yourselves that this isn’t for too much longer and that summer is just round the corner! Imagine Abel Tasman with your mates… toes in the sand… jumps off the wharf… gets me going for sure!
Speaking of Summer…
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