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How To Improve Your Study Skills

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Effective study skills aren't only about better marks; improving your ability to study actively and efficiently can make the study process more manageable, enjoyable and less time-consuming.
What you'll need: 
Internet connection
PC/Laptop
Pen
Paper
Calendar
Course Material
Course Schedule
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Successful studies result from careful time-management. Regularly planning and monitoring your progress will ensure that your workload never becomes overwhelming and that you have ample time to plan and revise prior to assignments and exams.
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Gather your course material as soon as possible after receiving it. Many universities provide both hard-copy and online study-planning templates. If not, one can be drawn up easily using a calendar whilst referring to the deadlines laid out in your course material.
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Once you have a broad, long-term picture of what is required of you, you will be able to create comprehensive study plans for individual subjects.
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Plan and implement a study timetable, allocating a specific time and place on a daily basis. This will systematise the study process and make it habitual. Find a study space which is quiet, comfortable and where you are unlikely to be disturbed.
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Start and finish each study session by outlining what material is to be covered in the next session. Approaching each session with a specific goal in mind will make the time far more efficient.
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Consider your individual attention span when planning your studies. This may range from 25-40 minutes after which you should take a 10-15 minute break. Try to get away from your desk during your break, stretching or going outside briefly.
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Start working on your most difficult material first. Not only will this work probably require more time, addressing it immediately is a far better strategy than leaving it until the point when you are tired and stressed.
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Try to avoid studying for extended periods. Do some exercise, meet with friends or simply do something relaxing before returning to your work. You will gradually become less and less efficient if you try to work for long periods at a time.
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Use the resources available to you! They are not a crutch but rather a set of tools to make your studies easier and more enjoyable. Resources can include lecturers, tutors, other students on your courses, journals, library staff or the college/university's intranet.
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If you begin to feel overwhelmed, step back from your work for a moment. A sense of perspective is often what is needed in such situations. Speaking to lecturers, tutors, fellow students and college/university counselors can all help you along your way. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Conclusion: 
Planning and organisation are the most potent tools any student can possess. Your success is not necessarily a function of your perceived intelligence but rather of your motivation and willingness to do the work required.

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