Top Of Your Class – Getting Serious About Studying

Studying can instil a feeling of dread in some people so much so that they put it off until they can’t any longer!

Top Of Your Class – Getting Serious About Studying

However, writing assignments, studying for exams and generally doing well in your education is very manageable – as long as you remember a few important guidelines.

Organise your time

One of the most important elements of being a successful student is to manage your time well. This doesn’t just mean, promising yourself you will do a bit of work each day, or revising when you have time. You need to be quite regimented and plan each day so you know what you are doing from one hour to the next. If you have upcoming exams, create a revision timetable and stick to it, incorporating time to relax in between. Each week create a new timetable, incorporating more revision for your nearest exam or for a subject you are unsure about. The same should be done if you are juggling assignments to make sure you organise your time well enough to get them all done by their deadlines without having to work through the night!

Studying for exams and generally doing well in your education is very manageable

Studying for exams and generally doing well in your education is very manageable

Always take notes

When revising and going over things in your head, make sure you write everything down. Studies have shown that taking notes while revising and looking back over them is far more effective than simply reading information and hoping it sinks in. It also allows you to organise your revision by documenting elements you are unsure of to read back over again and again. Taking notes also applies in any lessons and lectures you go to. You cannot expect your brain to compute all the information like a sponge and you will need to take notes for reference later on and for when revising for exams.

Listen, listen, listen

Ever been told off for talking or not listening in class? Most of us have and the teachers have a very good reason in doing so as it severely impedes not only your learning but also the other students. You can miss huge chunks of information by daydreaming, not concentrating or by passing the time gossiping to your friends. That information could be the answer to the deciding question in an exam. You don’t want to miss out on that A grade because you were chatting about what is on television do you?

Treat every assignment as if it is the most important

Many schools, colleges and universities award grades based on the average marks obtained throughout the year or duration of the course. This means that every single assignment you do could affect your grade so don’t make the mistake of treating your earlier assignments as though they aren’t that important. You should be able to find out how much clout each piece has that you write and you may discover that each one is worth a certain percentage towards your final mark.

Remember to take time out

It is very important to relax in-between revising and have some time to reflect and pursue your own interests. Doing this will mean you can come back refreshed to start work again without losing interest or concentration. Work your spare time into your timetable and make sure you take it when you have planned. It will give you a focus and something to work towards.

Matthew is a recruitment expert in legal and paralegal jobs at Legalweekjobs. He tends to enjoy working with candidates who’ve put effort not only into their academics, but also into their extra-curricular development.

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