Study Skills

Study can be difficult for the following reasons:

  • Poor memory
  • Most people do not know how to use their memory efficiently so they continue to use study techniques and methods that they were taught in Year One even if these methods no longer work well.
  • Inattention. Being distracted. Switching away from the topic before it is learned.
  • Boredom
  • Missing the main idea of the passage/text/question
  • Poor use of study techniques
  • Procrastination
  • Disorganisation

How can I improve my ability to study?

  • Improve your memory: Rowena can show you how to study efficiently. Support your memory and reduce study times. Study skills courses and memory skills courses are available from Rowena.
  • Strategies and techniques can help you study more effectively if you want to improve your memory for facts, dates, times, names and formulae. Rowena can show you how.
  • Courses in creative writing, and essay writing can improve your ability to express you ideas clearly.

When studying:

  • Increase aerobic exercise: it increases oxygen to the brain. 
  • De-stress: stress impairs your ability to learn new facts and to recall old facts because it overloads your working memory.
  • Cross the midline of your body by giving yourself a hug with both arms when you lose attention.
  • Take time to have some fun. Don’t sit in your room pretending to study all day. Fun is important to maintaining a good memory.
  • Eat well: a good memory needs a healthy and varied diet. The brain needs more vitamins and minerals than the body does.
  • Get some sleep. You need more sleep when you are studying because the brain needs deep sleep to consolidate new memories. Slow wave sleep will help you learn but only if you are under thirty.
  • Reduce the amounts that you are trying to learn at any one time. Trying to take in too much at once will overload your working memory capacity. A series of small chunks of information can be learned more effectively than large chunks.