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Most misfortunes are the result of misused time.

Napoleon Hill – Investment Writer

Tips on How to Study

Switch on – Remembering doesn’t just happen by accident: it needs you to concentrate and to ‘switch on’ your brain.  If you find something interesting it will happen automatically, but there are times when you have to force it to work.

Understanding – You need to understand things if you are going to remember them. If you don’t understand something in class, ask the teacher (at a suitable point!) to explain it.

Summarise – Make summary notes about things you need to reach or watch.  This will help you understand them better; remembering will be easier.

Organise – Organise your studying at home.  Sessions of between 90 and 120 minutes are best for the concentrated work.  After that you should take a break.

Music – Background music can help some people to concentrate but television usually interrupts learning.

Revise – You remember things more easily if you revise them soon after you have learned them, so, for example, you should revise each day’s work the same night and then again in one week.  You will remember much more by doing this.

Refreshment – Your body needs refreshment, particularly liquids.  Water is the best liquid for all kinds of reasons, do not be tempted to keep yourself awake for long periods of time by drinking coffee (or alcohol!).

Time Management

One of the most difficult things for you as a student is to manage your time in such a way that you can do all of the things you have to do (like going to school and keeping your room tidy!) and all of the things you would like to do.  There are books to help – ask in the I.C.C. for more details.

On this page are a few general hints.  There is nothing magical about managing your time: most of this is getting yourself organised.  If you do this, you will find that most of the panic about trying to do too many things in a short space of time will not happen to you.

General Hints about time management:

Build in leisure time and work time: this way you will not have work hanging over your head when you are trying to relax.

Do not plan for every single minute! Leave some gaps for the unexpected!