by ACCA student blogger Elyse Burns-Hill
1. Shake things up
Changing the places that you work can actually help you recall. Your brain works by spatial connections; so you will naturally remember things based on where you were at the time that you learnt something.
2. Make flash cards
Reducing information that you need to know into something short and sweet will make it easier to remember. If you can, draw funny pictures to complement the information you need to know – again using pictures to remember uses your spatial memory.
3. Keep testing yourself
When you do practice questions, don’t use the books every time. Try doing it yourself with bullet points, then go back and see what you missed. You’ll learn a lot quicker this way.
Staying awake all night consuming caffeine will not help you learn. In fact, it will do just the opposite. Make sure you get enough sleep as it ensures your brain resets itself and has enough energy to keep up with all that you are learning.
5. Get rid of distractions
Mobile phones are the worst, especially if you have a smart phone with Facebook or Twitter – turn it off! At the very least put it on silent (turn vibrate off as well) and put it upside down on your desk. If you let things distract you constantly, it prevents you from entering that “study zone” as I like to call it. Try to prevent, remove and block out any kind of distraction that might affect you while you study.
This is probably the most important thing that you can do for yourself when studying. Put yourself in the right place in your head. You aren’t studying because you have to; you are studying because you want to. Figure out why you are doing these exams and why you want to pass. Get yourself fired up to want to pass.
Please share your tips on how you study effectively in the comments below.