The academic year is coming to an end, and that means only one thing: for tens of thousands of students across the country, it’s time to prepare for those dreaded final exams.
The workload and schedule can seem overwhelming, especially for senior students. But with a proper schedule and some smart study strategies, you can achieve great results, says Nkuli Gamede, principal at Centennial Schools. Here are his top five tips to help students study more effectively.
Have a plan
A study plan helps you focus on the large volumes of content you need to get through in a short amount of time. It’s not only a timetable, but a strategy that helps you allocate the necessary time each subject requires. If you’re struggling with a certain subject, a study plan allows you to focus more of your time and attention to ensure you’re comfortable with the work before the exam.
Organise your study space
By creating an uncluttered and organised space to study, you limit distractions and make the best use of your time by starting on your work straight away. Make sure you have all your study material in a central place so you don’t have to search for it. Keep chargers for devices close by. Colour-code your study notes to access them faster. It all adds up to more effective studying.
Research shows that taking short breaks from studying help you re-energise and refocus for the next batch of study material you need to get through. These breaks boost your energy levels and increase your ability to focus. And don’t overlook the power of a good night’s sleep: it can have a major impact on your mood and grades.
Practice, practice, practice
Everyone has their own study methods that work for them, but by consistently tackling questions and rewriting previous exam papers, you become able to practice difficult questions consistently. Over time, these questions become easier.
Feed your body and your mind
A balanced and nutritious diet will not only help with your physical health, but will also support your mood, energy and learning. Healthy eating leads to better concentration and improved memory. So lose the sugary energy drinks and salty chips, and enjoy more fruit, yoghurt and lean protein like chicken or nuts.