HSC Study Tips for 2018
No matter what level of study you’re undertaking, it’s important that you make the most of it and get the highest results that you can get. Part of making sure you’re able to do this is learning the best way for you to learn. Below we outline a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your study sessions, how to plan your study time and more.
Create a timetable
A great way to make sure you can cover all of the topics you need to go over is to plan out a timetable. Make sure you choose suitable start and end times that are in your prime studying hours, but don’t run well into the late evening or you will affect your sleep.
Your timetable will be there as a motivator and you can cross off each topic as you go along, keeping you on track. On top of that, a timetable will also mean that you can visually see the time you have to study and make you more likely to fit all of your learning time into that and not run into the rest of your day.
A few key pros of using a timetable are:
It’s easier to create a routine if you follow a timetable every day
You can easily plan out your more difficult tasks at your prime study times and push the easier ones to different times
A timetable will mean you’re more inclined to fit your studies into an hour or two, making your more efficient
You’ll be able to plan ahead so you can factor in relaxing time, breaks and other things
Finally, keep your timetable and don’t discard it. You can use it to help create your next study cycle and means you can learn from it for next time.
Set up a study area
A calm, clean and distraction-free zone is vital if you’re going to study effectively. A clear space truly means a clear mind. If you need to spend 10-15 minutes to clean up a workspace, remove any clutter and adjust your seating and the lighting, its 10 minutes well spent.
Once your area is tidy, grab your study materials, a light snack and drink and your other stationery, this will mean you can stay seated and focus rather than getting up and being distracted. With your study books, textbooks, snacks and your timetable at hand, simply start studying. Leave your phone in another room.
Focus on your health and nutrition
This next tip holds true for both exam time and your daily life. Making sure you’re getting the right nutrition, relaxation time and exercise is paramount to keeping your body in tip-top shape and ready to work, remember things and keep your stress levels down! A low-stress level improves memory, mood and your ability to focus.
Each night try to cut caffeine out at least 4 hours before bed to ensure you can get enough sleep. Avoid all of your devices like smartphones, laptops and TVs before bed and read a book or magazine instead. Also do your best to aim for 6-9 hours of sleep, or whatever suits you best.
It’s always a good idea to factor in at least 30 minutes of exercise and outdoor time each day. Get your vitamin D levels up along with your serotonin and endorphins and you’ll be enjoying your study sessions and remembering much more in no time.
A rather obvious tip, but still one that needs to be highlighted is the removal of distractions at all times. Things like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and iMessage notifications demand an instant response when you hear the chime so either switch your phone to Do Not Disturb, or simply turn it off.
Each time you’re distracted, whether it be from your phone, a friend or family member or something cluttering your study space, you’ll forget a piece of information and lose focus!
A tip for cutting out distractions and forcing yourself to focus is setting a timer on your laptop, wrist watch or phone (but put it away) for just 10-15 minutes and studying as much as you can in those short bursts. This will split up all of your study sessions and might even help you remember more. Remember, simply starting your study session is better than not doing it at all.
Don’t overdo it
Making the most of your study session doesn’t have to mean sitting at your desk cramming information after every class, and all weekend long. Whether it be for exams or simple knowledge building, studying for hours on end only lets you remember so much!
Sometimes taking a break for a day or two and entirely ignoring your studies is a great way to cleanse yourself of course-related stress and let yourself reboot. After a great study session, don’t push for more unless you really want to, take a break and let all of the information sink in and binge watch your favourite Youtube’r or a show on Netflix.
Finally, if you feel like it’s all becoming a bit too much, talk to your friends, family or your teacher, remember, you’re only human.
Author: Emily Burgess
Bio: Emily is a senior content writer with CourseGuru.com.au. She is a recent University graduate and enjoys writing about educational and career orientated topics.