It’s the June holidays for some of you guys, and sad to say, you guys only have about 2 weeks left till school resumes. Better get your homework done soon, so that you don’t have to pretend to forget to bring your homework on the first day of school.
A question was posted on the community page of our YouTube channel to seek your opinions on what you would like to see more articles of, and some of you have wanted Tips, so this shall be the first one out of many!
We know that school starts way too early, and a lot of you probably don’t even sleep unless it’s 1AM or something, and having like 7 to 9 periods a day probably doesn’t even help. So let’s just skip past the obvious tip to SLEEP EARLY, and move on to others that you might actually just listen to.
Tip #1: Identify your Learning Style
A lot of people are unaware of this, but everyone has their own preferred style of learning, and knowing your own style of learning will make studying or revising your exams so much easier. And there are 7 commonly known styles:
- Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
Now that you know which type you belong to, next is to apply it to your studies!
If you find that you belong more to the Aural or Verbal style, then when you’re revising for your exams, try to read out the information from your textbooks or notes while trying to memorise, and if you’re the Physical type, try making your own notes by writing them down. It will help you to remember much better than staring holes into your textbooks.
Tip #2: Pay Attention in Class
Yes, it’s pretty much common sense, but somehow nobody seems to like to do it. Whether you like your teacher or not, or even if you absolutely hate the subject, just do your best and keep on listening, and look at the whiteboard. Ask questions if you don’t understand, and take down notes if you can. It is okay if you immediately forget what was taught the moment the bell rings, but when you start your preparations for your tests or exams, you will at least find the content a lot more familiar, and you’ll be able to understand and memorise much better.
Tip #3: Practise and Practise
Yep, there’s no easy way out to doing anything, and if you want to pull up your failing grades, or you’re aiming for that As or Distinctions, your only way out is to practise. Do your Ten Year Series as if it’s your Holy Book, and try out the exercises available in your textbooks. After practising enough times, you will begin to recognise that there are patterns to it. After all, the people that came up with the questions are humans too, and there are only that many ways to test you about a certain topic. Especially for Maths. Maths is just about recognising what formulas to use at the right time, so just keep practising and you will get it.
Life Tip: This basically applies to everything you need to do in life. You will need to practise to become good at something. Wanna dance like your K-pop idols? Practise. Want to learn to shoot videos like Ryan or Virus? Practise. That’s what you do in your CCAs, training and training. And having the discipline to train and practise on your own will help you a great deal when you’re an adult.
Tip #4: Improve Your Reading Skills
In your own free time, watch our videos religiously. It’s not going to help you to study better, but hey, our videos are entertaining, at the very least. After which, try to read something. Pick up a book, or read the news online, or better yet, read the articles we have on our site. Read whatever you can, and you’ll find that it not only pays off in your English comprehensions and compositions, but also in your other subjects. It’s simple. The faster you can read and understand a question, the more time you will have to answer that question. And the better your English is, the less likely you will misunderstand the question, and thus, be able to come up with the right answer. This is particularly useful for your Humanities subjects, such as History, Geography, Literature, Social Studies.
Tip #5: Daily Revisions
This is very hard to achieve, and I can’t blame you if you can’t do this after spending 8-9 hours in school already. But if you are disciplined enough to take out the textbooks and just casually flip through, and read through the textbooks or notes that was covered for the day, the better off you will be in the long run. And really, spending 3o minutes or so a day, just flipping through and reading when your exams is still far away is so much easier than having to read through all your textbooks within a week or two when your exams are approaching.
So these are the 5 tips we have to study better, and I hope that this will help you. If you realise, these tips are not study hacks that will magically make you do better in school, but more of reminders to do small things on a regular or daily basis, and have your knowledge slowly accumulate into As, or at least Bs… or Cs, if you’re keeping expectations low and all that. But no matter how much you’re thinking of wanting to stop studying, studying is a burden, studying is useless, a lot of us miss our schooling days because they are one of the most fun-filled days we’ve ever had. Treasure what you have guys. :D. But also, check out the video below if you want more study hacks!