- Try to study at the same time every time you study. We are all creatures of habit and it helps to settle your mind and focus on the task at hand if you can schedule your study periods to be around the same time, each time.
- When taking notes or highlighting, only write down or underline the most important sentence in each paragraph. Start with bullet points, and expand on those points as you go along. Build up your knowledge like an onion - start with the core, and add layer after layer.
- Try to cap off each study period with a review of what you have learned during that period. It will help to reinforce the new information in your mind and that information will be more readily available the next time you have a study session.
- Do as many practice exams as you can and when you get a question wrong during a practice exam try to find the answer out on your own using your own resources (rather than simply braindumping the right answer). This can be a very effective way of fine tuning your studying program.
- When you're doing the practice questions don't guess at the right answer. This isn't the real exam, so if you come across a question that you don't know the answer to, leave it as unanswered. Sure, it will come back as a wrong answer, but at least you'll be able to identify areas that you need to study more. If you had guessed and got it right, you wouldn't know that you'd have to go back and learn that topic more. And you might not be so lucky during the exam.
- You will forget things. It's natural. It's part of the way that we learn. Make a part of your study routine to have a review session every so often. Don't undertake to study any new material during this session - just use it to recap on the information learned over the last few sessions.
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