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Study Strategies

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Study strategies


  • Plan ahead – start planning early to help manage your time
  • Short-term planning (daily to-do lists)
  • Mid-term planning (weekly plans including class times, revision times)
  • Long-term planning (semester plans including assignments and/or placements)
  • Set apart some time for study – see overleaf for an example of how to develop a study timetable.
  • Set goals – be S.M.A.R.T. when you set goals
    • Specific – identify precisely what you have to do.
    • Measurable – you need to break larger pieces of work down into smaller manageable chunks
    • Attainable – don't set goals that are going to be difficult to achieve
    • Relevant – the goal is working towards something you want or have to do within this time frame
    • Timely – know when the goal needs to be achieved
  • Set apart a place for study. This should be private, free from noise and other distractions.
  • Prioritise your time.  Take note of due dates and anything that needs more study time.
  • Keep up to date with your studies. Revise your notes constantly as new topics often require an understanding of earlier work.
  • Do tutorial exercises and work through examples. This often helps you highlight where additional effort needs to be made.
  • Work through past exam papers as it gets closer to exam time.