Uni is just a round the corner so we thought we would give you some top tips for studying so you keep on top of your work all year.

Revision is key
Most revision by students is usually done months after learning the content, but did you know that there is a 60% retention rate if you were to study notes in the same day?
Instead of waiting till the run up to exams to revise, where stress levels are at an all-time high, why not take advantage of revising straight after a lecture. Go over your notes after a lecture to imprint the content into your brain. Get yourself a pack of highlighters to emphasise the important facts or draw objects next to the facts you want to remember. Due to the visual association, your mind will be triggered to remember those details.

Don’t cram
Cramming. We all do it because we think doing eight hours in one day will be more effective than doing one hour for eight days. However, some studies have shown that by spacing out your studying instead of cramming, there can be a difference of 10%-30% in your final test results. This is because the time in between lets you forget and relearn the information, which cements it in your long-term memory. So why not use your time efficiently and set aside an hour a day to study, and also receive the perk of having enough time everyday to do the things you enjoy.

Avoid procrastination
Sometimes the most difficult part about studying is actually getting started. Instead of studying in the kitchen where you’ll probably end up socialising or clearing out your fridge, avoid the possibility of procrastination by studying in the library. Having the right work environment is key to studying success.
Also make sure that you unplug whilst studying, your mobile can be especially distracting.

Study buddy
Studying with other people can be distracting, but when you are working with the right study partner then the benefits are noticeable. Confidence is contagious, and so is effort. If you’re studying with someone who is working hard, then your own work ethic will increase regardless of whether you have the same or completely unrelated tasks. Having a study buddy that studies the same classes as you can also be beneficial as you can swap and compare notes, or divide up your readings so you each have more time to condense the notes instead of spending the time reading.

Take breaks
Studying does not have to be as gruelling as we make it. Remember to always take short breaks so that you can refocus and refuel. Listen to some music, get a snack, take a walk.
Do whatever you need to de-stress, your mental health is much more important than a letter grade on a piece of paper at the end of the day. Study a concept, take a break, then go back and see if you remember the same concept before the break.


Also published on Medium.