The way you study can be as important to your chances of success in the matrics exams as what you study is. Having access to lots of past exam papers and all of your school books is a great start but if you don’t go about making use of them in the right way a lot of your effort may very well be wasted.
While it is quite true that every student is different and that everyone has their own unique way of learning these basic tips should help anyone get more out of their study time.
Prepare for Revision
Before you sit down for a study session do a few simple exercises to get some extra oxygen flowing to your brain. It might seem a little bit silly but it really can help.
Sitting for hour after hour at a time to revise is not a great idea either, you will simply get bored and ‘tune out.”
Break up your matrics study sessions into reasonably sized chunks and take a regular break for a quick power nap, or even to play a video game so that studying becomes less of a chore. And don’t forget to eat; a healthy snack can be a great way to re-energize a tiring brain.
Do Some Old Fashioned Paper Note Taking
Even though you are probably used to doing almost everything on your computer at home when it comes to revision there is still no substitute for some good old fashioned paper note taking.
Organizing what you have learned will help you make better sense of the information you need to know and by making the notes you can organize everything in a way that you understand which is often very different to the way things are written in textbooks.
Study with Your Friends
Some adults feel that students should shut themselves up in their room alone for hours to revise. A better plan actually is to do a little of that and then also arrange to study with other motivated kids as a part of a group. Working together can often help you stay focused on study and prevent you from getting so bored that you “tune out”, something that often happens if any student is left to work all alone all the time.
Using Questions from Past Exam Papers
The best way to get the most out of using past exam papers in your revision is to use them both as ‘mock exams’ and as quick reminders. For mock exams this means basically replicating exam room conditions; no books, no aids, complete silence and a strictly enforced time limit . This will get you as close to real exam conditions as possible which also may help you determine how good your stress and time management skills are as well as what material you may need to cover more completely.
As quick reminders you can keep a past exam paper or two with you and try out a few questions when you have a few spare minutes, when you are waiting for the bus perhaps.
Strike a Balance – Studying for matrics exams is certainly important but it really is equally important that you still give yourself time to just live. Make sure that make time for sports, hanging out friends and doing the things that you like to do. This will help make sure that you don’t “burn out” while studying and have a great learning experience instead.