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11 Study Tips to Start your Semester Right

By CGordon 19 Jan 2018

It's the start of the second semester and lecturers have already started to mention essays, tests and end of term exams. Don't leave studying until the last minute (a lot of us were guilty of that last semester). Here are some study tips to start the semester right:

1. Make a study plan and set goals

Studying for long periods of time, or studying without goals can make learning and revision seem dull and endless. Make a study plan and limit your study time - you're more likely to be productive. Set goals too so that you know you're on the right track.

2. Reward Yourself

When you hit your study goals reward yourself! Snacks are a great motivator.

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3. Stay hydrated

Dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches, and can affect your concentration and memory. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. 

4. Take regular breaks

Trying to focus after studying for a long time is pretty much impossible. Take regular breaks away from your desk to clear your head. 

5. Organise your desk or study in the library

It's hard to focus when your desk is covered in clutter. You know what they say - tidy space tidy mind. Clear your desk and keep things organised. If you can't keep things tidy at home - try studying somewhere else like the library or the round reading room.

6. Study with a partner

Studying with a friend can be great motivation, and you can discuss any topics that you're unsure of.

7. Listen to concentration playlists

If you can't be trusted to study with a friend without procrastinating, try focusing by listening to concentration music playlists. There are plenty on Spotify and Youtube.

8. Get some advice from the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service

... It's a bit of a mouthful I know, but they provide lots of great advice for different subject areas, and they host really useful classes on everything from how to use statistics to how to write essays. You can find all the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service information here!

9. Check out past exam papers early

It sucks when you look at past papers shortly before the exam and panic that they aren't how you thought they would be. Check out past papers early so you know what to expect and can ask any questions in advance. 

10. Ask your lecturers for help

If you don't understand something, or have any questions, get in touch with your lecturers. They're there to help so send them an email. Most staff members have office hours that you can go to, where you can drop in for a chat in person.

11. Try study apps and websites

Mix up your studying and make it more interesting by using apps and websites. Quizlet is a great study tool, where you can create flashcards, games, and printables to aid your studying.

Good luck with the semester!

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