Study Guide Part 1: Getting Ready
The Study Environment
Often where and how we study is overlooked by what we study. However, it is crucial to understand that these two factors work hand in hand in order for us to study well and be as productive and successful as possible.
Let’s be honest! Studying is stressful and can feel overwhelming at times.
Nevertheless, there are some simple things we can do to turn studying into a more positive experience.
Ideally, find a quiet space at home where you are less likely to be disturbed. If you are fortunate enough to have a study, great! But if not, a desk in the bedroom will do.
Other effective study spaces could include the local library, park or even a nice quiet café.
Remember good lighting is also important to help you stay focused.
To eliminate noise and distractions, you may even choose to use ear plugs or earphones to listen to some of your favourite music. Whatever works for you! It’s all trial and error.
The aim is to create a space for YOU, away from the usual distractions and obligations.
Study Tools - Organisation
A wall calendar! This is cheap, simple and invaluable. The ones that offer a monthly or year overview are the most effective for planning and marking down due dates. (There will be many!) Academic calendars are also a great option.
These can be purchased from places such as office works, newsagents and book stores.
There are even some easy online options that allow you to create exactly what you want offering easy to use templates. Here’s a suggestion to get you started in the right direction.
The following items are handy to have. Simply pick and choose what you like and what works for you.
- Laptop/or similar
- A number or blue and black pens
- A pencil and sharpener
- An eraser and whiteout
- HIGHLIGHTERS!!! All the colours of the rainbow! The more the better! ☺
- Loose leaf reinforced binder refills lined paper
- Binder folders - Preferably one per subject
- Hole punch My personal favourite!
- Shoulder bag or satchel
- Post it notes
- Folder dividers
- Plastic sleeves
- Tape flags
Remember, the more prepared and organised you are, the more confident and in control you will feel. Small things add up to big gains!