[PODCAST] STUDY TECHNIQUES WITH Philile

On the AM2PM show, Denmark Vee had chance of interviwing Philile Mtshali from student
Studying isn’t just for the night before an assignment’s due or the night before an exam. The sooner you get into a good study groove, the easier everything will be and the more your chances of getting a positive outcome
1. Pick a place and time
Everyone has their own idea about the best place and time to study. Whether it’s your bedroom at night or the library after school, find a study space and a regular study time that works for you and stick with it.
• Set up your study space – Your study space should be quiet, comfortable and distraction-free.
• Find your best time – Work out which time suits you and plan to study then. Some people work better in the morning while others work better at night.
Studying every day
• If you study a little bit every day you’ll be continually reviewing things in your mind. This helps you understand things. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming.

• If you’re finding it hard to find time to study, cut back on some (but not all) of your other activities. Prioritizing studying might mean spending less time online, giving weekend sport a miss for a while

Plan your time
It helps to have some plans in motion so you can make the most of your study time.
• Set alarms – Set alarms to remind you about your study plans.
• Use a wall planner – Stick a calendar or wall planner up so you can see it whenever you’re studying. Mark it up with important dates, like test and exams dates.
• Make to-do lists – break tasks down into manageable chunks. Make a to-do list at the start of each study session too, so that you’re clear about what you need to be doing with your time.
• Set time limits – Before you start your study session, have a look at your to-do list and give yourself a set time to spend on each task

Take breaks
• It’s important to take breaks while you’re studying, especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated. Working too long on a task can decrease your concentration.
• When you take a break you can take a walk around for fresh air and make sure that you go back to your books

2. Discover your learning style
Most of us have a preferred way of learning. Get to know the learning style you’re most comfortable with and study in the ways you learn best
• Auditory learners prefer to learn by listening.
Techniques: saying words out loud when studying, tape record, write up practice questions and answer them verbally
• Visual learners prefer to learn by seeing.
Techniques: take notes whilst lecturer talking, use different colour pencils, flashcards, when memorizing, look at information then look away and try to visualize it (paint a picture in your head),mind mapping, spider diagrams
• Tactile learners prefer to learn by doing.
Techniques: write out facts 3 or 4 times, when memorizing walk instead of sitting, when memorizing do a repetitive movement, role-playing

3. Study technique SQ4R
Survey: Table of contents
• Introduction / summary
• First sentence of each paragraph
• Headings / sub-headings
• Pictures / charts / diagrams etc
This will tell you the main topics that the book will cover

Question: Read all questions
• Turn headings / sub-headings into questions
• Try to guess answers
• Generate your own questions

Read: Not passively sliding your eyes over the words, but actively engaging the text, trying to find the answer to your question

• Carefully read (in manageable chunks) to answer the questions generated
• Identify main ideas
• Note important details and relationships of ideas
• Reduce speed for difficult passages

Recite: State orally answers to questions
• State key facts and concepts
• Reread any areas which are unclear

Record: Take accurate notes on basic concepts
• Prepare a study sheets for exams (flash cards, summary notes)
• Use outline / mind-mapping methods

Review: Review notes frequently
• Answer all questions
• Predict questions

Tips
Healthy Eating – fruit & vegetables, take supplements – Omega 3 (great brain food), vitamins. Avoid – junk food, caffeine, & alcohol
Sleeping – It is vital that you give yourself enough time to sleep (at least 8 hours a night) – allowing your body & brain to rest

Exercising – As little as 10 or 20 minutes of exercise a day will re-energise your brain & body, making it easier to focus when you are studying

Self-care – Looking after and taking care of yourself is also an important part of exam preparation

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By Mndaba Lindelani

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