Learn How To Learn Effectively

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Subject: Study Skills
Last updated: 14/01/2018
Tags: #gcse, how to study, improving learning speed and effectiveness

Research published in 2015 shows that achieving 5 A* to C GCSE grades, including English and maths, adds £80,000 to a student's earnings over their lifetime. A further £60,000 is added to their wages if they go on to achieve at least 2 A levels, highlighting the fact that success in school makes you more employable. Below are just a few tips on how to study effectively in order to achieve the grades you deserve.

Revision Tips For Students 

1. Talk about assignments with classmates and teachers and ask for help.
2. Set yourself a challenge to learn a new word every day.
3. Study difficult or boring subjects first. If a task seems hard, get started.
4. Over-learn your weakest subjects e.g. mathematics. Each time knowledge is reinforced it enters deeper into the long term memory.
5. Use positive self talk. Say "I will remember this."
6. Have a plan for what you want to cover this week and this month. Have an aim for each session – by the end of this session I will have .... Make sure you stay motivated with your goals in mind.
7. Identify what you already know and the parts you need more time on – self testing or using an internet test will help with this.
8. Tick off what you have done so you can see your progress.
9. Use your biological clock to your advantage. Study when you're most alert to maximize concentration. Most of us reach peak alertness at 10am and deepest sleep occurs around 2am so make sure you're tucked up well before then for maximum focus the next day.
10. Use waiting time (study index cards while on the bus or in a queue)
11. Put the schedule on display. It will reassure your parents/guardians that you are in control. Make sure you schedule time for errands and breaks.
12. Learn new information the first time you see it; try to review it each week until the day of the test. It really works. 5 repeats on different occasions will help with transfer information into your long term memory.
13. Start revising 6-8 weeks prior to the exam. If you start later than this you can still succeed but it will be more difficult as you'll have less revision time.

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