General study hints

Study hints

We have compiled the following hints to help you study more effectively. If you have questions regarding study techniques, you can contact:

  • Subject lecturer,
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Student Support Team
Some points to consider before you start studying
  • Effective study and learning are largely dependent on your desire to learn; you must be motivated.
  • Rates of learning differ between individuals as well as between subject areas.
  • Concentration and efficiency tend to decrease over a period of time. After about one hour of study, have a short rest - move around and breathe some fresh air.
  • Work out your preferred style of learning – are you a visual, auditory or kinetic learner?
  • Work consistently throughout the year. Try to pace your work over a period of time rather than cramming at the last minute.
  • Work out a program of study and stick to it. Frequent, short periods of study are probably more useful than one long study period.
  • Do not lose heart if you find the work difficult. It takes time to develop good study habits.
  • As you read through the text material, turn sub-headings into questions and then make notes to answer the question
  • Make notes on anything that seems important, questions to be asked, words to check.
  • Try to find a place that feels comfortable to study in. Do not study on your bed – you will fall asleep. If you study at the dinner table, sit in a seat that you use when eating.
  • Discuss any problems or difficulties you have with your lecturer as they arise.
  • Make sure you have thoroughly understood the work in a particular section or topic before you attempt the assignments. Understand the difference between: Describe, List, Compare, Contrast, Discuss, Illustrate etc. See Library Guide.
  • If you are doing a lot of study, include some time for regular exercise into your study program. Reward yourself for your hard work.
  • Learn how to reference your work and avoid plagiarism. See Library Guide
  • Try to develop a positive attitude to your course; work at enjoying it.