How do you get ahead? For you to pursue your chosen profession or career you must first pass the national examinations so as to secure a place in the university or college. While passing is relative, the entry points or grades are usually preset by the institutions of higher learning depending on the level, whether it’s a certificate, diploma, undergraduate and so on. To achieve this pass mark there’s need for you to come up with a study regimen. The following are some study tips that you may pick from:-
- Place – You need to study in a conducive environment in terms of posture and noise levels. While some people can comfortably study on a couch others can only concentrate on a reading table. Personally, I concentrate more with background sounds but I know most people prefer a quiet place for studies, and this is most advised.
- Time- Everyone has a time of the day when their brain grasps or absorbs knowledge. For most people it means waking up at 3.00am in the morning but some of us we prefer staying up late. You need to identify your ideal study time and optimise on it.
- Schedule- Come up with a study time table making sure to slot all subjects in. Give prime time to subjects that need more concentration, work and attention. For example, I like to slot in mathematical subjects whenever am studying theoretical subjects like geography and history.
- Study Every day- The old saying that practice makes perfect has time and again been proved right. Excellence is not an event it’s a process, therefore you need to make sure you study every single day even on Sunday. And no it doesn’t mean there’s no play orno going to worship, spare an hour or two.
- Design a study style- This is a very important step to do. It is advisable to make short notes when revising so that you can use them as quick reference to jog your memory without having to reread everything. You can even come up with acronyms and abbreviations of your own to save on time. Remember that you are making notes and not rewriting or copying out the notes.
- Ask for help- If and whenever stuck you should ask for assistance. In fact you should belong to a study group to take advantage of group member’s strengths and knowledge. Be ready to share what you know with the group because as you do so you cement your knowledge.
- Take care of yourself- Studying doesn’t have to be a boring affair. Take commercial breaks, grab a snack or space it in with an activity of choice.
Get creative and keep your eyes on the goal. Do not by any means be limited my the points outlined above but go beyond and discover your own unique style.
Akinyi, The Banker.