s Study Tips
Sorting Yourself Out For Achieving Well This Semester
Plan, Plan, Plan - Set realistic priorities and stick to them
At the beginning of semester, or as soon as you get the chance (even if semester has started), write a tableof what you will cover each week. Include in this table when each assessment item is and how much it isworth.
It is important to have this clear in your mind, and it is important to do this before you start studying, ratherthan at the end of semester when you are preparing to study for exams. It gives you a context to fit each
week’s worth of material into, so it is easier to understand how everything fits together.Make yourself some simple rules (don’t get too ambitious, and don’t have
too many of them, otherwise you
won’t follow through with any of them) at the beginning of semester about how you will approach your
study. These should link in to your table of what and how you will cover your material each week. Examples:
I will make my study notes for each week on the day, or at the latest within the same week, as the
lecture is, so I don’t fall behind.
I will make a plan of how I will approach each assignment, and a skeleton plan of what it will include,on the day that I receive it, no excuses.
I will not be a perfectionist about writing out my study notes perfectly and prettily, I will study frommaterial which has all the information I need, so I will not procrastinate unnecessarily.
I will try to attend all of my lectures.
When feeling stressed with my studies I will manage thisRemember, your course outline is your BIBLE
it has everything you need to know about your assessmentitems, what they want you to learn in the course (i.e. what they will assess you on). Uni is not actually aboutlearning what you want to learn, it is more about telling the teacher what they want to hear. What I mean bythis is, the teacher is teaching you a small portion of the field, about which there is a whole lot moreinformation out there. Your task, as a student, is not to learn everything else out there and impress themwith this knowledge
rather, your task as a student is to learn what has been prescribed for you to learn. Ittook me a long time to get my head around this, as I wanted to impress the lecturers and be noticed assomeone with brains (yes, the ego trip and all... ah, but you know me...). Anyway, when learning, look atwhat has been prescribed for each week, and
To Attend or Not To Attend
Even if you think you know the stuff that’s in a lecture, it can be more useful than you’d think to attend the
lecture as subconsciously, you will learn this information in the context of the course, i.e. your brain will
absorb the content of the lecture and place it in relation to the content you’ve learnt in past weeks, and will
learn in subsequent weeks, so when it comes time to study for your exams or write an assignment, it will befresh in your mind and linked in to the other concepts.
This is particularly useful for the initial few weeks of