How to Study

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Studying consists of two parts:

1. LEARNING THE CONTENT

The key to learning the course content is making effective study notes. Study notes SUMMARISE the main things that you need to know. The type of study notes you make will depend on the type of learner you are. People are usually either VISUAL, AUDITORY or KINESTHETIC learners. An online quiz at VARK Website can help you to determine which type of learner you are.


Visual – LOOKING/VIEWING

  • Flow diagrams
  • Mind maps
  • Posters
  • Pictures/graphs
  • Use colour, symbols, codes
  • Hang summaries up around your room.
  • Look, cover, check
  • Make and use flashcards
  • Put up formulas and rules around the house

Auditory – LISTENING & TALKING

  • Record summaries onto a tape and listen to them over and over
  • Make up rhymes or songs to help you remember
  • Teach what you have learnt to someone else
  • Ask a friend or parent to test you by asking you questions
  • Read your summaries out loud
  • Study with someone else

Kinesthetic – ACTIVE/MOVING

  • Hands-on: write/type out what you remember in your own words
  • Ask a friend or parent to test you
  • Write out list of questions and answer them
  • Walk around while memorising facts
  • Form study groups
  • Use case studies and specific examples to help you remember concepts


2. PRACTISING THE SKILLS

As well as making great study notes and memorising the content, effective study needs to also include practising and applying this knowledge. This can be done in many ways such as:

  • Use the Semester Planners in this diary to make a study and homework schedule.
  • Re-do class exercises from the textbook
  • Redo past topic tests
  • Do past test papers under exam conditions
  • Create a test and swap with a friend
  • Do questions and submit to teachers for marking
  • Ask your teacher for extra worksheets for revision
  • Do chapter summaries or reviews
  • Correct all of your work; redo the ones you got wrong
  • Spend time working out what it is that you DON’T know – and then learning it!