Study tips

2016-11-23 06:01

WITH the end-of-year exams in progress, some of you are wondering whether your studying and preparation techniques will actually lead to success. It is important to remember that part of your examination success depends on the things you do before you open your books.

Here are a few tips that have proven to work for others:

• Find out all the details. Know the format of the paper, how many marks it is, the areas that will be covered, as well as when and where you are writing.

• Organise a study space. You might not have a desk or separate room to study in, but choosing a quiet room or space is beneficial.

• Before you start, compare your notes, handouts, text book and previous exam papers with classmates. For higher grades, getting hold of the CAPS curriculum for that subject is helpful. You get to see the course outline and you can be sure you have covered everything for that subject.

• Give yourself enough time. Make sure you plan your studying in advance. Don’t leave the bulk of your studying for the day before the exam.

• Review past papers. This is one of the most effective ways of studying. You get used to the format, you can time yourself, and it will also highlight which areas you need to spend more time on.

• Know your learning style. Do you learn best by hearing the work? If so, read the text out loud. Find out what works for you.

• Use visual aids. Depending on the subject and your learning style, flow charts, videos and diagrams can be very helpful for revision.

• Take regular breaks. While it is important to study as much as possible, not taking breaks is actually counterproductive.

• Drink lots of water. Drink plenty of water during revision as well as while you are writing your exam.

We wish you a calm time of exam preparation. May your studying be rewarded and may you give your best right until the end of the year.

- Tutor Education Centre, Greytown.

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