How to Study: The Best Study

In order to stand the best-possible chance of success, make sure that your study routine mirrors the exam. Two important things to remember:

  1. Have a time frame — more on that below. Remember that you have a set length of time in which to do the exam so it follows that you must have a clear time frame in which to do the relevant study.

  2. In the exam you will be answering exam questions, not organising notes! Don’t spend all your study time organising and reorganising; be wary of wasting time!

Have some post-its and note cards, and write concise notes on them. In revising a particular chapter, aim to summarise the key points. Limit yourself to five or six. Your teacher will have pointed out the important areas for you to do — work from that.

Have an overall study plan. Look ahead — what do you need to do this week? Then, what do you need to do each day? Then, what do you need to do in each study session?

Magic doesn’t just happen, remember — you have to make it happen!

You cannot climb a mountain if you will not risk the climb.’ Rick Beneteau

Weigh up what you need to do. What is the best way to get what you want? Not sure what works for you? Keep at it until you find what does.