15 Study Hacks that You Need to Know

15 Study Hacks that You Need to Know
January 11 09:39 2017 Print This Article

Let’s face it – studying is hard work and most of the time it’s not what you want to be doing. Despite this, most students probably spend more time worrying about studying than actually getting on with it! If you think you could stand to be more efficient in your learning and essay writing, then here are some tips for you.

  • Keep backups of all of your work! So many assignments are failed just because of some technical error: e.g. your laptop breaks and you haven’t got another copy of your work. Fortunately this is totally avoidable. Make sure you keep sequential backups of your work, and store them in multiple places: on the cloud and on external drives.
  • When writing an essay, keep track of how many points you’re making. Try not to waste words on paragraphs where you don’t make a real point, but similarly, don’t try to fit too much into a small space. Make a point, explain it, justify it, reference an external source and link it to the next point.
  • Keep track of all of the auxiliary material you’ve received on your course pertaining to the assignment. Module handbooks, extended briefs, reading lists and lecture slides are often the most useful resource you can refer to when writing an essay. Make sure you send these to the assignment writing service too, if it comes to that. It will help the essay writer figure out exactly what it is you need!
  • Get a study partner. Working with another person will make you both much more effective essay writers. Whenever you’re uncertain about something in your work, just consult your partner – two minds are generally better than one. Pick your study partner carefully though, because everyone has that one friend they’re irresponsible with.
  • Work in the morning. A lot of people, students in particular, have a tendency to work throughout the night and think of themselves as ‘night owls’, but the truth is that almost everyone works more effectively in the morning. Wake up early, eat a light breakfast and start working.
  • Find your sources before you start writing an essay. If you work this way, you will find your work flowing a lot better and you’ll have to go back to fill in the blanks less often.
  • Manage your time effectively. Studying doesn’t have to be hard – it doesn’t even have to involve you working every day most of the time! Set aside blocks of time in advance, one or two hours every couple of days and use it to study. You will be able to achieve better concentration, and will have more free time. Seems like a win-win.
  • Of course, it takes a seasoned essay writer to achieve such discipline, but there are tried and tested methods you can use to prevent distraction and optimise working time, such as the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 25 or 30 minutes and work throughout that time, then take a 4-5 minute break. Repeat this four times, and then take a 30 minute break.Image result for 15 Study Hacks that You Need to Know
  • Try meditating before you work. Sit cross-legged on the floor in a quiet room and close your eyes. The pose isn’t particularly important; just make sure you’re comfortable. Try to ‘think’ your way through each part of your body and relax it. Do this for ten to fifteen minutes, trying to prevent your mind from wandering. If it helps, repeat a sentence in your head throughout the duration. After meditation, you should find yourself more capable of focusing on a task.
  • Eat properly. It is important that you feed your body a good balance of fruit, vegetables and grains to provide it with the nutrients it needs to create great work. Essay writers need fuel!
  • If everything is going wrong, know that there are ways out. There are assignment writing services that can help you finish off work that you’ve left to the last minute or just isn’t going to plan. If you’re inundated with assignments, it might be worth seeing what such a service can do for you. Usually they are very flexible and understanding, and will be able to find you an expert essay writer at short notice.
  • Try to understand what the examiner actually wants. Often you will receive an assignment brief asking a very vague thing of you, but remember that the person marking it always has to have some sort of scheme of things they’re looking for. You will often find that in your module handbook, there is even a mark scheme provided!
  • Improve your spelling and grammar. You might be surprised at how many marks actually come from just making a good impression on the examiner: good English goes a long way. The bad news is that grammar is a skill that takes a long time to master, and not everyone has the knack for it. The good news is that your word processor has a spell checker that will do most of it for you! If you want to work on something in particular, try using the passive voice more in your academic writing.
  • Talk to your tutor. This is probably the easiest way to figure out what you really need to do to pass. Take them a rough draft of your work and get their feedback. If this seems a bit intimidating for you though, you can always go to an assignment writing service and ask for a proof-reader.
  • Talk to other students, especially ones in the year above you who have done the same work in the past. They’ll be able to tell you what works and what doesn’t, and give you feedback on your work.

Obviously, you don’t have to internalise this entire list in order to become an effective student and essay writer, but you could probably stand to pick a few out and integrate them into your study. Try to put a couple of these strategies into action and see the results for yourself!

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