Sometimes big ideas come in small packages. We recently caught up with Swinburne Online Teaching Coach Luke to discover his super quick Top Five Study Tips for students.
Ready, set, go!
1. Find a point of interest that excites you
Remember you chose to study your course because you’re interested in that subject.
When you’re doing an assessment, look for ways you can link the topic to your areas of interest. When you are working on something that stimulates your interest you’ll quickly discover that assessments cease to become just work to be done and become really interesting and fun again. Try explaining the topic to a friend or family member and get them excited about it as well.
2. Take notes each week
Taking notes is a great way to help you retain information. Today, there are lots of ways to take notes using apps and online tools, instead of traditional pen and paper.
Make the most of your note-taking activities by aligning them with the learning outcomes of the unit. If you keep the end goal of the course in the forefront of your mind, the information you collect will give you an excellent overall document – very useful when it comes to revising for exams and writing assessments.
Every student in your class is sharing this experience with you. Use your study groups as a source of support – the more you share your ideas the more you will cement your understanding of the content. Not only that, you’ll be helping others learn as well and will make your whole study experience a lot more interactive.
When you are researching an assessment, try to not limit yourself to searching for a single topic and source. Have a look at the reference list within that particular source and see what other literature the author used to form their opinions and arguments. Broadening your reading list is a simple way to give your assessment a lot more depth and interesting sources to use.
Remember not to stress! Study is not the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new world for you. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or unsure visit our HelpHub to find the right person to help with your specific needs. And remember there is always someone available to help.