Studying tips and techniques

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

To best prepare yourself for your exams, you need to know what your body and brain need so they can function at their optimal levels.


Here are some studying tips and techniques that you can build into your routine for the best results:


1. Organise your study space. A cluttered desk means a cluttered mind.

2.Use flowcharts and diagrams. Humans are visual creatures. Showing the work in a graphic form helps your mind better digest the content.
3. Practice on old exam papers. They will show you what you know and, more importantly, what you don’t know.

4. Organise study groups.

Getting help, asking each other questions, and sharing knowledge help you to get motivated.

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5. Schedule breaks. You can only focus and concentrate for 40 minutes at a time. Don’t forget to give your brain and body a break every hour..

6. Get some fresh air. Schedule a break to get some fresh air. The oxygen feeds your brain.


7. Don’t forget to eat properly. Coffee is not the solution to keeping going. Fueling your body and brain with the right nutrients will help your body function better.

8. Get enough sleep. It is tough to get it all in, but your body and brain also need to get rest to continue to retain information.


9. Get some exercise. When you move, your body releases endorphins, which help you cope better with the stress hormones that are pumping through your body.

10. Breathe. Consciously breathing and calming the mind not only gets oxygen into your cells, but also feeds your body with the oxygen-rich air needed to perform better.



Adding these essential tips into your studying programme can help you cope better with the stress you are going through leading up to and during the writing of your exams.

Starting early (so you don’t have to do last-minute cramming) helps your overall mindset going into the exam season.

If you feel like you need additional help or are not coping with the stress of exams, please get in touch with your Faculty Student Advisor.

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