Sitting in front of a book and reading the same text over and over is not always the easiest way to revise what has been covered by tutors a number of months previously. No two students are the same and some will retain knowledge better with practical work and others will respond better to demonstrations. There are a lot of proven study techniques which help the brain absorb the necessary information for exams that every student can use.
Study When Fresh
This is often overlooked, but studying early in the morning when energy levels are high will help a student retain information. When someone reads a book late in the day, they will already have had a number of the day’s events that the brain will need to assign to memory when they sleep that night. The study place should be free from distractions and a set time should be adhered to. Without a structure to the study, there will usually be lapses in concentration or an inability to commit the required time.
Practise with Previous Exam Questions
There is no practise for an exam situation that is better than sitting a previous year’s paper. These past papers may differ slightly from the most up to date version, but the qualification is still the same. This means the knowledge required to pass the final exam is unlikely to have changed dramatically. Sitting in relative isolation and timing how long it takes to complete a practise exam is an essential part of exam preparation.
Practical Use of Knowledge
Using the knowledge a student has gained can often help important facts settle in their mind more easily than text from a book. A visual stimulus can help associate facts and theory with a visual trigger. A lot of people learn better through visual stimulus than any other form of learning. Watching instructional videos and following along is the best way to make use of visual learning aids.
To be sure of making the most of any situation, a student should apply as many study techniques as possible. By limiting their study methods, a student is jeopardising their ability to maximise their potential.
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