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General study tips

The effort and commitment that you invest now is crucial.

  • Your attitude determines how you learn, how much you learn and what challenges you face. For example if your attitude is negative, it is more difficult to internalise information.
  • Your level of organisation is also important. If you are organised you have an increased chance of covering all your work, managing your time effectively and tracking your progress.
  • A disorganised learner does not manage time effectively and is often forced to leave out sections that should be studied. As a result he ends up not being properly prepared for the exam.
  • Summarsing is a skill and technique that assists in radically reducing the load.

ACTIVE LEARNING TIPS:

  • It is important for you to use active learning methods. Many learners are passive learners and this often leads to boredom and disinterest.
  • Mark the text as you read – underline, highlight, make notes besides the text.
  • Make notes as you study.
  • Use diagrams, tables, equations, graphs, mind maps or webs as you study.
  • Ask questions such as: Why did this take place? Why must it be so? How do I explain this? How does this work? What is the principle or concept behind this? What are the uses of this concept?

THE SQ3R TECHNIQUE:

  • Use the SQ3R Technique in your study, it is very useful for learning from written material.
  • The SQ3R technique comprises:
    • Survey: Begin by surveying your learning material in a broader context. Get an overall idea from headings, outlines and diagrams.
    • Question: Ask the What, Why, How and When questions. The examination questions may have a bearing on this.
    • Read: After you have formulated questions for yourself, read the text material slowly and with concentration to try and find answers to the questions. Underlining, highlighting and making notes will help at this stage.
    • Recite: Recitation, oral or mental, helps you to remember. Attempt to answer your questions in your own words.
    • Review: Review what you have read by putting it together in a mind map.

A PLAN FOR SUCCESS:

  • Include aspects such as prioritising tasks, designing a schedule, keeping a daily 'to do' list and ticking off tasks as they are completed.
  • Remember to keep your space neat and organised and to set aside quiet time each day to plan the next day's activities.
  • Always remember to acknowledge your achievements when your work is finished.

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