These valuable study tips (courtesy of the Aspire UWA team) will not only help you learn to study smarter (not harder) and stress less during Year 12 in the lead up to your WACE exams, they will also assist once you commence university studies.
- Separate your study and relaxation areas. Study at a desk/table (not your bed or the couch), and ensure it's kept as clean and organised as possible. Mess contributes to stress!
- Avoid distractions. Turn off your TV, mobile phone and Facebook notifications. Music is okay, but don't choose songs with lyrics; try playing soothing instrumental music such as jazz, lounge or classical music quietly in the background. Also, don't be afraid to ask your family to respect your quiet time and/or study space.
- Work, rest , play. If you don't get enough sleep (at least 8 hours a night), exercise regularly, or eat proper meals, the study will be harder and you won't learn as much. Don't give up your usual hobby or exercise routine either.
- Study the way that works most effectively for you. Know your best study time (are you more productive in the morning, afternoon, or evening?) Techniques that have worked for top students include writing lists; colour coding notes and textbooks; pinning up facts, quotes or definitions you want to remember around your room (or all over the house); singing in the shower...the list goes on.
- Give yourself a break. Walk away from your desk for 10 minutes each hour you're studying - not only will your brain, eyes, back and hands thank you, you will learn more! Don't study for any more than 3 hours at a time. Also, allow yourself a study-free day during the week as a reward for your hard work (and to reconnect with your family and friends!)
- The more involved you are with your study activity, the more you'll remember. So if you just read your book or notes, you'll only remember 10% of it. If you write it out or say it aloud you get 70%. If you teach an idea to your family or friends, you'll have a better chance of remembering nearly everything! So get writing, speaking and teaching, and your study will be really effective.
- Stop procrastinating. Even doing some study is better than none at all. Studying is much more effective if you start earlier and maintain it regularly - you'll learn and retain more. Stay motivated by ticking off a ‘to-do' list as you go, starting with a topic you enjoy, or breaking up difficult work into small manageable chunks.
- Talk to someone you can trust. Whether it's a friend, relative, teacher or counsellor at school, airing your frustrations or concerns can help if you feel you are struggling. There are also various support services such as Headspace, Youth BeyondBlue and the TrainingWA Career Centre that can offer confidential advice and valuable assistance.
If at any time you need guidance in regards to UWA courses or admission requirements, don't hesitate to contact the Admissions Centre and Prospective Students Office.
We wish you all the best for your studies.