How to study in JC

1. Time management

“Time stays long enough for those who use it.“ – Leonardo Da Vinci

Time is limited but is enough to study all the subjects, as long as you plan your time well.

  • Make a study plan, stay disciplined and force yourself to adhere to it

2. Study method

Study smart. There are different ways to study, ranging from mindmaps to flashcards. Your study method might be different from your peers, depending which method helps your brain to remember concepts quicker.

  • Try out different study methods:

  • Mindmap

  • Flashcards

  • Teaching others

  • Reading aloud

  • And many more

  • Find out which method helps you to remember concepts the fastest

  • Stick to that study method

3. Understand what you need to understand

Every topic has different learning objectives. Be clear on what each topic requires. A good tutor helps to identify the key learning points and the outline of the topic, before you dive in and study the topics in depth.

  • Get a good tutor

4. Collaborative learning

1. Learning through communication

It might be hard to stay disciplined if you study alone at home. Studying with friends helps to keep each other in check and a good way to learn from one another.

  • Form your study group

  • Find a quiet and conducive place

  • Agree on a paper, and do the paper individually

  • After that, check your papers and discuss any question that you don’t understand

2. Notes sharing

Don’t be selfish and share notes to learn even more.

  • Upload notes onto any document-sharing website (eg Google Drive/DropBox)

  • Share your notes with your friends in exchange for them to share theirs too

5. Time yourself

Always remember to time yourself when doing assignments/tutorials. These time practices help train your brain to work faster and time will no longer be your enemy during exams.

  • Use the marks allocated as a guide (1 mark ≈ 1 minute)

  • Set your stopwatch to the appropriate time and start doing your homework

  • Try to finish your homework within the time allocated

6. Be hardworking

Lectures are at the most helpful when you have prepared yourself for it. Knowing what the lecturer is going to teach requires preparation. Preparation works also enables you to ask smart questions during lecture.

  • Read your lecture notes before the lecture

7. Be clear of what you understand and don’t understand

To ensure that you are using your time to study effectively, you need to be sure of what concepts you understand and don’t understand. Most importantly, remember to clear any doubts immediately.

  • Make a To-Do list using paper and pen, or even a phone application

  • Type out all the concepts required as individual tasks

  • Check out those concepts you understand

  • For those concepts left unchecked, immediately approach a teacher or tutor to clear up any misunderstandings

  • Ensure that all the concepts are checked

8. Be positive

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” - Wade Boggs

  • Be confident

9. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Do not neglect your health when studying. In a research done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that exercise that gets your heart and sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. Studying is the most effective when you are healthy and active.

  • Eat healthy

  • Exercise

  • Have plenty of sleep

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