With exams finishing and holidays on most student’s minds, study techniques are often the furthest things they would consider. However given that there are high school students embarking on their first year of study soon it is always a good time to discuss better ways to study and to enhance absorption of material.
The following points should be considered:
- Study space: Create a dedicated space for study, free of distractions.
- Study time: The lecture times at college are structured, not variable. So should your study time. Slot it into your timetable the way you do at college.
- Participate in tutorials: Engage in learning. Ask questions. Learning through dialogue exchange is powerful.
- Utilise teachers: Most teachers and lecturers have consultation times. Schedule yours.
- Be positive about learning: If the material is a drag you won’t grasp it. Ensure it is relevant to your outcomes.
- Study groups: Engage other students in the learning process. Once again, greater learning is achieved when sharing in dialogue.
- Create goals: Have an outcome. You are here for a purpose. Define everything and tick off milestones as you go.
- Balance your life: Shakespeare defines youth as “salad days”; loosely defined as a time of exuberant and enthusiastic times. Enjoy your youthful time and balance study with the fun of your youth.
These points are not exhaustive. The over-arching theme is to realise why you are at university and to engage and enjoy the experience; to not make it a dirge, to have it as part of your life.