Setting SMART goals each time you study will ensure you are studying effectively.
Goals must be:
- Specific: what will you achieve? What will you do?
- Measurable: How will you decide whether you’ve met the goal you’ve set out to achieve?
- Achievable: Is your goal simplified enough to ensure you can do it? Do you have the information needed to complete your goal?
- Relevant: How relevant is your goal?
- Time-bound: Can you complete your goal within a certain time frame?
- Reward yourself when you have reached a goal!
Time management is essential in order to prevent cramming and stressed-out nights prior to exams.
- Have a specific time to study – make a daily/weekly timetable
- Allow time for down time
- Break-up study time – take regular breaks
- Stick to your schedule
Be an active learner
If students only read over their notes, they are studying in a passive way. The are not ‘doing’ anything with the information they received. In order to become an active learner they must reorganise the information received in class in a way that makes sense to them. You must engage with the material to understand it.
How to become an active learner
- Study in a quiet, well-lit environment
- Eliminate distractions (unplug internet/keep phone in a different room while studying)
- Take notes on what you are learning
- Rearrange the information received in a way that makes sense to you
- Make diagrams/ brainstorm information received
- Summarise notes
- Use flashcards
- Have someone quiz you on the information you received