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Make your time count: five ways to perfect your study technique

2 November 2017 Dalmac News

Our grinds school here in north Dublin will give you an excellent foundation to succeed in your exams, but your study technique needs to be effective

By now, you’re well into the school year, and your main focus will be either on the Leaving Cert or Junior Cert. You may very well be studying in school or taking in grinds in north Dublin or elsewhere, but the one word on your mind will be “study”.

However, as we all know, it can be tough to concentrate for several hours at a time as well as consistently throughout the long school year. So what’s the best way to perfect your study technique? We have outlined a number of things you can do to make sure you’re getting the best out of your study hours.

  1. Exercise

The benefits of exercise are well known and help the body to switch off after an intense period of concentration. It doesn’t matter whether you’re lining out for your local club or school team, having a kickabout in the park, or even going for a long walk, exercise will help you tune out for a while, so you can get back to the books with a clear head.

  1. Put away that phone!

The smartphone is fast eroding our ability to concentrate. So, while it’s very tempting to have your phone by your side while you’re studying, the best thing to do is switch it off while you’re revising and give your subjects your full attention.

There are, of course, plenty of apps that can help your study technique, so we don’t recommend a blanket ban.

  1. Study groups

People differ when it comes to perfecting their study technique. Some of us need to be alone with the door closed in silence, but some are the opposite. If you find that you get more out of your study sessions with friends or other students from your school, then initiate a study group for the weekend or any time you’re not in school or at grinds.

  1. Take regular breaks

No matter what anyone tells you, no one can study non-stop for hours without taking a break. Similarly to our first point about exercise, taking regular breaks is important to give your brain a break from studying. Just remember that making a cup of tea or having a quick chat shouldn’t take all evening!

  1. Understand your body clock

When you’re planning your study time at weekends or on holidays like the mid-term or Christmas, make sure you start at a time that’s best for you. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, there is no “right” time to study – it’s all about getting the most out of those study sessions.

  1. Podcasts and more

Studying isn’t necessarily about burying your head in a book and taking notes. Different mediums like podcasts and videos can also really help you to get the most out of your study time.

  1. Sleep well

Sleeping well is one of the key factors to perfecting your study technique. If you’re finding that sleep is hard to come by, make sure you follow the points above to help you catch some shut-eye and keep yourself refreshed.

  1. Eat well, study well

If you want to make the most out of your study time, make sure you are eating regularly and as healthily as possible. There is no point surviving on sugary snacks, sweet drinks and coffee. You are much better off eating regular meals at regular times and, if you have to snack, choose fruit over chocolate bars. You will feel much better and your study will benefit too!

The Dalmac Grinds Academy is based in Rush, offering the best grinds in north Dublin. For more information, see http://dalmacgrindsacademy.net/