Suggestions for studying

Some general tips for studying:

  • Plan ahead for all your studies. Remember the 5 Ps: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!
  • Go to ALL classes, lectures, tutorials, or laboratory/practical classes.
  • Making a start early can make all the difference, including readings, assignments, and essays.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is important to get the help you need. You can get help from the teachers/lecturers and other support units. 
  • If you have questions about the class material, make an appointment with your teacher/lecturer. If you have questions about the tutorial or laboratory material, ask the tutors and teachers during class.
  • Treat your studies like a full-time job

Organise your studies

Tips for organising your studies:

  • Check out the teaching/lecture and study rooms before the semester begins. This will allow you to see where they are located and you can also choose the best position to sit in the classrooms (for comfort or in order to reduce the level of distraction).
  • Make sure you understand the subject (course) outline. The subject outline is usually provided to you before or during the first lecture.
  • Make a list of what assessments or assignments have to be done in order of the date they are due. 
  • You can also add the percentage value the assessments are worth. For assessments worth smaller percentage values, you may want to spend less time working on them. For assessments worth larger percentage values, you may want to spend more time. For example, you would want to spend more time on an assignment that is worth 50 per cent compared to an assignment that is worth 5 per cent.
  • Set out a weekly study timetable.
  • You should prepare for classes/lectures by downloading the class notes and readings and completing them before class.
  • Do any further study such as revisions immediately after the class/lecture. For example, if you had class during the day, you can revise the class notes in the evening of the same day.
  • Confirm with teachers/lecturers the concepts that you are trying to learn by setting up a time to speak to them or email them your questions.
  • Get assessments in on time, even if you are worried about them not being perfect.

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