To learn how to study properly involves finding out what is your particular learning style, choosing your study technique that suits individual and practise learning in a variety of ways and methods.
Over the next 10 weeks Mocks.ie will provide you with 10 necessary steps to study success. These involve:
Step 1: Learning Style and Personalities
Step 2: Achieve your goals
Step 3: Year Planner
Step 4: Primal Spot. Find your space to study
Step 5: Organize your study time
Step 6: Read for meaning
Step 7: Note taking strategies
Step 8: Write for good results
Step 9: Planning and writing an essay
Step 10: Plan your revision
Why Bother with Study Skills?
The run up to the class tests and exams can be a stressful and difficult time thus anything that will improve your ability to study well is worth considering.
Making study worth your while
You need to feel it is worth your while to invest the time, commitment, energy and application required to succeed in your studies. You need a clear purpose to keep your motivation and commitment high. You also need to learn how to use good organisational skills and effective study techniques. These will help you to:
• make more efficient use of your study time,
• make your learning easier and more effective,
• feel the work involved is worth the effort,
• increase your chances of doing well in examinations.
Changing your future
Decide now what you want, and then put in place a plan of action that will help you to achieve your goals. It may not be easy all the time, but it is certainly possible. You are the one who is ultimately responsible for your achievements, and it will be your determination and hard work that sees you through.
Step 2: Achieving Your Goals Objective:
To show the links between positive thinking and success; To help you to develop a sense of purpose to keep up your positive attitude in striving for your long term goals.
Getting Attitude: Studying for a Purpose
Success is not just about hard work. It is also about your attitude to your studies and your belief in your ability to succeed. Of course there is effort involved, but it is easier if you believe you can do it. Believing in yourself is the first step in helping you keep up your commitment and effort to be successful in your studies. Thinking positively will increase your confidence, make studying easier and increase your chances of success. This change in your attitude, where you take ownership of your learning, is important. You are not being pushed by anyone, you are studying for a specific purpose: to further your goals. This type of motivation (intrinsic motivation) will be one of the main factors of your continued success. Keep a reminder of your long-term goal where you see it, and especially in your study area:
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