If you are to make the most of the work you do, how you learn is as important as what you learn. People who have developed advanced study skills can learn more, at a deeper level in less time than those with poorer study skills. Taking the time to learn and practise study skills will save you time and effort over the long term.
Some people prefer to work alone in quiet. Others prefer to work with others. You must find out what is right for you. Be honest with yourself. Very few people actually work well with the TV or loud music on!
Your study environment should be free of all distractions. Switch your phone off. Be disciplined if you are using your computer for work purposes. What starts out as a minute or two on WhatsApp or Facebook can easily turn into an hour or more, and then before you know it, your evening has been wasted! Please speak to your Class Tutor or Department Coordinator if you think this is a problem for you. They will be able to help.
When you are set a piece of work, make sure you are clear about exactly what you need to do. Where possible break the work down into small tasks. Allocate a certain amount of time to each of these. This will mean that the piece of work does not look so big and you will get satisfaction as you complete each part.
Some people like to work in short periods such as half an hour at a time whilst others prefer to work for longer periods, perhaps for one or even two hours. Choose the method which is best for you. Having a timetable pinned up in your room is a helpful way of making sure that you do the work at the correct time.
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