Study Skills


One of the most important criteria for succeeding in life is to know yourself.

  • sTUDY 2Identify your most productive time (morning, afternoon or evening). Studying early in the morning is the best.
  • Always start with the most difficult work first. It will make you feel better once you have completed some of the more difficult sections of your work first.
  • Avoid intellectual exhaustion by getting enough sleep. Most people need 7 to 8 hours sleep each day.
  • Eat well because your body needs sustenance to function properly.
  • Avoid eating junk food, caffeine and other stimulants.
  • Take regular short and effective breaks (e.g. Take a 5 minute break every 40 to 60 minutes of study).
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Also take some time out to relax with friends and family. However, you should not lose focus.
  • Your studies always come first!

Know your learning style:

  • Your studying should not be boring. Make it fun by using a variety of methods, which include writing, drawing, summarising, memorizing, listening (videos, recordings, radio lessons), etc.
  • If you study better alone, ask your family and friends not to disturb you while you are studying.
  • If you study better in a group, choose partners who are committed and are hard workers.
  • Communicate to your teachers and peers about the sections of work that you are unclear about. Importantly, try to get assistance.
  • Visual learners have a preference for looking and learning (seeing – think in pictures; visual aids such as overhead slides, diagrams, handouts, etc.).
  • Auditory learners, best learn through listening (lectures, discussions, tapes, etc.)
  • Tactile/kinesthetic learners prefer to learn via experience (moving, touching, and doing, i.e. actively exploring the world – e.g. science projects; experiments, etc.)
  • Forget about your cellphone!!!