Written by Stephanie Koathes

Top Study Tips

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For those doing the Caribbean Examination Council’s CSEC or CAPE examinations, it’s a stressful time as exams fast approach. High school students around the Caribbean are busy studying, and if they aren’t, they should be.

To help make this studying frenzy more productive, here are a few great study tips.

  • Create a consistent daily study routine. Study at the same time each day. By doing this, you’ll be better mentally and emotionally prepared for each study session and you’ll be more productive each time.
  • Tackle your most difficult or boring subject first. It takes the most energy and concentration to get through what you find difficult or uninteresting, so you should begin here when you’re freshest. Once you’ve completed the most difficult work, everything else will seem that much easier.
  • Use a regular study area. Using the same place to study day after day, is a form of training.  Your body will automatically recognise that it’s time to study when you’re in that place and you’ll focus faster.

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  • Make use of idle time such as when you’re waiting on the bus or waiting in line. Ten minutes between classes, 20 minutes waiting to be picked up from school, all this time adds up quickly. Have flashcards with equations, formulas, definitions or quotations ready to use anywhere, anytime.
  • Try to study in shorter sessions rather than cram everything into one marathon session. Shorter sessions are usually more productive. When you do study in long sessions, take a scheduled break every hour.
  • Utilise study groups. Studying in a group allows you to get help from others and teach others which helps you to internalise the subject matter. For study groups to be truly beneficial they must be well structured and all members have to be serious and prepared.
  • Use past papers to organise your studying and make sure that you’re focusing on the right material. Ask your teachers which chapters to focus on and which concepts are most important to help you focus your study time.

Best wishes on your 2018 exams.

Sources: Berkley Student Learning Centre and Education Corner.

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