2 Studying can be difficult… Most people don’t actually know how to study!It can also seem like an impossible task as there is so much to learn for so many subjects, in a short amount of time!
3 What is the point in studying? If you learn something new, in general it will alreadystart fading in your mind after a few hours.However, if you revise it again in the next four hours, itwill take about 24 hours before it starts to fade.Revise it in the 24 hour period and it will last for fourdays, then one and a half weeks, then one month, and soon.
4 We remember: 10% of what we read 20% of what we hear 30% of what we see50% of what we see and hear70% of what we discuss with others80% of what we experience personally90% of what we teach someone else
5 How can you make studying easier? Have a study plan that ensures you spend enough time studyingKnow what times of the day you study best i.e. DON’T leave further trigonometry to 11pm on a Saturday night!Break your subjects into small, realistic chunks – you won’t be able to learn 2 years of work in 1 hour. However, you can revise an aspect of the course in that time!Don’t worry about how much or little others are studying! YOU are the most important person so only think about YOUR studying!
6 How can you make studying easier? Study in a room where there will be no distractions and switch OFF your phone, you can live without Facebook or Twitter for a few hours!Remember one size does not fit all – so it’s ok to have different methods of study from your friends or study different subjects in different ways!The key is finding which studying method works for you!
7 What kind of learner are you? Complete the questionnaire to discover how you learn best!
8 What kind of learner are you? If you chose mostly A’s you have a VISUAL learning style.If you chose mostly B’s you havean AUDITORY learning style.If you chose mostly C’s you have a KINAESTHETIC learning style.
9 What kind of learner are you? People commonly have a main preferred learning style, but this will be part of a blend of all three. Some people have a very strong preference; other people have a more even mixture of two or less commonly, three styles.When you know your preferred learning style(s) you understand the type of learning that best suits you. This enables you to choose the types of learning that work best for you.
10 VisualVisual learners may find the following methods of learning helpful: pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, hand outs, films, flip-chart, etc.
11 AuditoryAuditory learners may find the following methods of learning helpful: listening to teacher explanations/stories, listening to recordings.
12 KinaestheticKinaesthetic learners may find the following methods of learning helpful: touching, feeling, holding, doing, practical hands-on experiences, experiments, role play.
13 Methods of Study How did you study for your NABs/assessments? Were these methods effective?
14 Effective Revision Techniques Make summary notesUse MnemonicsCreate MindmapsAsk QuestionsPlace facts in places you see regularly i.e. your stairs – you’ll be amazed at how much you remember after regularly seeing these over a few daysGet someone to test your knowledgeRead your notesMake up raps or songs to music you already know which include important informationUse past papersTry exercises from your textbookUse Bitesize or other revision sites for helpAttend supported study!
15 Next Steps…Write down which methods of study you find work best for youIf you are unsure, ask your teachers for advice on what methods they think work for their subjectUse these methods whilst studying as you had planned in your Study Plan last weekRemember – one size does NOT fit all!