Study Tips

Looking for the best study tips? Preparing for an upcoming exam takes more than just reading through your work. Find out about different study methods right here and decide which ones work best for you!

What is the Best way to Study?

Finding the best way to study is an ongoing process. You need to figure out which methods work and constantly try to improve your study skills. Below are a few of the best study tips. 

Decide on a Time and Place 

Everyone has their own idea of where and when to study. Find a study place and a regular study time that works for you and stick to it! 

Plan Your Time

It helps to have a plan when it comes to managing your study time. Some ways to do this includes: 

  • Setting alarms 
  • Making to-do lists
  • Using a wall planner

Discover Your Learning Style

A student researching study tips on her computer.Most of us have a preferred way of learning, such as by listening, watching or doing. Find one that you are most comfortable with and study in the way that works best for you. 

Review and Revise

You should go over the work you’ve covered at least once a week. This helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming. Get a family member or friend to test you on key concepts or make your own study materials. 

Take Breaks 

Working on a task for too long can actually decrease your performance. Try to get away from your study space for 5-10 minutes every half an hour or so. 

How Can I Improve my Memory for Studying? 

There are various ways to train your brain to memorise things faster and get the best out of studying. 

Clear your mind by exercising: Not only is exercising good for your body, it’s also good for your brain. It improves learning and memory. 

Avoid multitasking and distractions: Multitasking can be handy, but not when learning a new skill or memorising information. Mute all notifications so social media doesn’t distract you. 

Write down what you need to remember: Listing facts or problems instead of just reading over your work improves your ability to memorise. 

Lifestyle changes: Along with exercise, you should also get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night and eat more fish and whole grains. Try to limit junk food. 

How do I Study for Exams? 

In order to have a successful outcome, you need to study and prepare well for your exams. Use the ways below as a guide to help you. 

Start Your Revision Early

Give yourself enough time to review all the work you did. Also, make sure that you understand all the topics covered. 

Use Different Ways to Revise 

Instead of just reading through your notes, write down, draw diagrams or have discussions with your peers on available study groups. 

Know Your Exam

Go through past exam papers so you are familiar with the structure and know more or less what to expect. 

How can I Motivate Myself to Study? 

Sometimes just the thought of studying a stack of work can interfere with your motivation. Here are some tips to motivate and help make studying fun. 

  • Don’t compare yourself to others 
  • Put aside negative thoughts and feelings 
  • Plug in your headphones, if you are able to work with music 
  • Turn it into a game by using puzzles, flashcards or quizzes 
  • Get creative by putting something into rhythm, drawing or writing a story 
  • Make some part of the day that you’re studying fun 

What can I Study With Skills Academy? 

Skills Academy offers a range of accredited and non-accredited courses through distance learning. Each course has its own set of requirements but you need to be able to read and write in English. There are no closing dates, which means you can apply throughout the year. 

Ready to put These Study Tips to Good use? 

Get in touch with us and start your studies by using one of the following options: 

  • Complete our online registration form 
  • Call us for free at 0800 39 0027
  • Message us on Whatsapp at 082 318 889
Last Updated: November 2, 2020


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Thiana Pretorius
Thiana Pretorius
As an avid reader and writer, Thiana aims to create content that is both interesting and useful. She also has a passion for creative writing. Most of her free time is spent either reading or letting her imagination run wild while crafting her own stories. View my LinkedIn profile