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6 Steps on How to Study Smarter, Not Harder! 

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Study Advice for VCE Students! 

Studying smarter rather than harder can help you learn faster and help you use  your time more effectively. Let’s be honest; studying for SACS and exams can be time consuming, and is not the most exciting activity in your week.

So, how do you study smarter and get good grades? According to an article published by inc.com, instead of putting in extra hours of work, use your time more effectively by focusing on what really matters. Examples of this include: measuring your results, not time, and keeping your to-do-lists succinct and lean.  

We know how hard studying can be, especially when you’ve spent hours studying a specific topic only to find out that you still don’t understand it. Don’t fret, we have 6 great tips to help you study smarter:

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1. Get Your Head in the Game

Create an optimal study space and make sure you have all your textbooks, and study materials. Having practice tests and past VCE exams to look over is also a great way to learn. Other suggestions to get in to the zone include, listening to music without lyrics (YouTube has some great tunes), and putting your phone on silent.

2. Treat Each Subject Differently

Studying for English is very different from studying for Further Maths. A good way to prep for different subjects is to write out a plan for each. An example of how to prepare a study plan for a subject would be to write a list of actions that need to be done.

 Here is an example of a list of actions for studying for English:

  • Read through past papers 
  • Highlight important passages in your readings
  • Go through class notes and underline the important themes discussed
  • Summarise what you’ve learnt
  • Take a practice test and time it
  • Have a friend, your VCE tutor or your parents read over practice tests and essays

3. Study in 30 minute Chunks

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Studying in short 30 minute bursts is better than studying for hours on end. Research shows that students studying in chunks and then having 5 minute breaks in between will help you stay focused. Test this method during your next study session. You can set an alarm or stopwatch when 30 minutes has passed.

4. Go Over Your Notes

Review your notes as soon as possible. After a few days, you begin to forget what you have learnt. The best time to review your notes is within 24 hours after you’ve written them. You can go through them once a week and add any new information that you've learnt. Rewriting and reorganising your notes is also a great way to review what you've studied.

5. Exercise for Better Memory

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Physical exercise reinforces learning and is most effective in boosting your memory right after a study session. Research done by the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise increases the size of the hippocampus; the hippocampus is associated with memory and learning. Just 20 minutes of exercise each day helps facilitate information processing and memory functions.

6. Get Plenty of Sleep

Make sure that you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep per night! Sleep plays an important role in learning and memory; sleep is essential for the consolidation of memory, which increases a person’s ability to learn new information. Interestingly, the quality and the amount of sleep you get affects your memory and learning. When a person is sleep deprived, they may suffer from fatigue, and have trouble receiving new information, problem-solving, and focusing.

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