Top tips for effective study, plus a free study timetable to print and keep
Do you prefer to study alone, or in a group? At the library, or at home? In silence, or listening to Billie Eilish? Figure out which elements make you feel most comfortable, and then create that environment in some way, every time you study.
Now that you have the perfect environment, plan out your week of study. Setting aside a specific time each day, just for studying, means you can never use the excuse “but I didn’t have time!”
A timetable makes you the master of your time; if you don't have one already, download one of our templates on the right.
Studying can be interesting, as long as you keep some variety in your schedule. Maybe study different subjects each day, or do different types of work in each session (for example written work, drawing diagrams, reading and annotating).
Maybe you've re-read your essay twenty times and you're going cross-eyed. That’s ok! That’s what learning is, don’t forget. Just be sure to ask for feedback before your essay is due, so you can learn about where you might need a bit more practice, and make the changes before handing your work in.
Your teachers, friends, and support staff are there – and there’s always after-hours, online feedback from subject specialists at Studiosity. What are you waiting for, study guru? You might already have free access thanks to your uni, TAFE or school.
For every hour of study and concentration, give your brain a little rest (about 15 minutes). Stare out the window, go for a little walk, do a dance, grab a glass of water or cup of tea.
After each completed study session, be sure to reward yourself. Watch your favourite show, call your friends, play a game, eat some gummi bears. Have a power nap! Whatever it is that will motivate you to get through the study session.
Test yourself with flashcards, practice questions, or just the old close-the-book technique. Ask your mates to quiz you, and don’t stop until you can get through a full set of questions without a mistake (or sign in to Studiosity if there’s one thing you'd like to chat through!). Then, it’s time for those gummi bears.