Study Your Way to Success
According to several studies, teaching is one of the most effective ways to learn (http://ideas.time.com/2011/11/30/the-protege-effect/). Explaining how something works helps you remember it, and it also aids you in understanding the topic. This is a bonus for those of you who benefit from auditory learning. You can read your notes aloud, or create a study group with your friends and classmates to try it out.
Change the course material into your words and then compare. Do the two have the same meaning? Alternatively, you can write a quiz and test yourself. Preparing your own study notes is a big support, as you can make them individual to aid your memory. Use colours, drawings, highlighter pens—get creative! Take your notes or laptop outside and sit in the sun as you revise.
Study every day. This doesn’t have to mean only revising the notes you made in class, but you can read widely to give yourself a depth of understanding about a topic. A single hour of study in the morning or night will go a long way. Use a wall planner or reminders on your phone to keep you on track. If you get distracted during your study session, it’s probably because you need a break. Science (http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2012/nov/06/how-your-brain-likes-to-revise) tells us that taking regular, small breaks during study will help you recall information, and you’ll be reenergised when you dive back in!
If something is unclear, or you’re having trouble, seek out your teachers. Our trainers want to see you give your best, and are more than happy to help you get there. They can assist with course content, writing advice, and point you in the direction of further reading and resources. You can also ask other students, as this will motivate both of you to get studying.
Remember, it’s all about finding what works for you. Don’t be afraid to try different things to build up your knowledge!