It’s getting closer to the end of year exams!  To ensure you do your very best we have put together 7 helpful study tips to make sure you get the best out of learning, revising and studying.  These tips* can be useful for all year levels. We plan to add a new tip every week. Here are the first 2 tips below.

*Tips are sourced from TSFX VCE newsletters.

TIP #1: Effective Time Management is Key

  • It’s important to record all major deadlines as assessments are issued.
  • Document the dates on a calendar that’s displayed in a regularly frequented area such as the bathroom or on the fridge door.
  • If you are a procrastinator, record your dates earlier than the true dates so that you are forced to work ahead of schedule. This will ensure that there is sufficient time to complete or polish up on assignments stress free.
  • Regularly revise materials throughout the year rather than re-learning in the weeks leading up to the examinations. It’s less time-consuming to spend short periods reviewing materials while they are fresh in your mind rather than re-learning materials “from scratch” before the exams.
  • We all have power hours or peak performance periods when we are in “the zone”, ploughing through tasks with maximum efficiency and ease. Identifying and utilising our power hours in the best way is one of the most powerful and least used time management techniques that can greatly cut down on study time without negatively impacting results.
  • Take a break in-between tasks to clear your mind and recharge. The human brain can only effectively focus for up to 90 minutes before it needs a recharge.

TIP #2: Active Learning is Best

  • When ‘teaching’ or explaining what you are learning in your own words and out loud, you are engaging in a technique known as elaborative rehearsal.
  • This technique helps transfer information from short-term memory to the higher levels of long-term memory.
  • ‘Teaching’ will improve how much you understand and remember. When trying to rephrase concepts in your own words, you’ll very quickly find out what you do and don’t know, therefore which topics or concepts require more time and attention.
  • Spend as much time in class listening to, and absorbing, the information being delivered and where possible, only write notes or copy examples when your teacher isn’t speaking.
  • It’s the actual learning and practising of questions that has the biggest impact on examination marks – not writing and/or rewriting notes and summaries.