Reach Out Ireland have asked me to put together a list of midterm tips for LC students and to post on their Facebook page – so here it is as promised! Of course studying IS boring. I hope the tips I have compiled will make the work that little bit more manageable!
At this point of the year, the aim of your study should be to gather as much information as possible on a chosen area of a subject – summarization. By this I mean – start with your class notes and then summarize the relevant chapter in your text book. It may be helpful to use one of those revision books – “less stress more success “etc – to complement what you have already summarized.
Secondly, check out www.examinations.ie for past paper questions and answers. This is an excellent site from the Dept of Education. Go to any of the Chief Examiner’s Reports – where it shows answers given by pupils in a particular year and the marks they received for it by the corrector. In this way, you can see what styles of answers are scoring highest – a formidable way for you to ensure that you are compiling the correct material on a theme, and then how to best present it to gain maximum marks.
Thirdly – have you a ”study buddy”? What I mean by this is – find someone who is studying a similar subject to you. Make sure he /she is just as keen to do well in the exams, and is as focused as you. Get together – divide up a course between you. Each of you takes a chapter – and follow all of the above guidelines on how to summarize. Then – photocopy your work and swap with the other!! Hey presto – you now have another chapter summarized without opening a book!
Finally – get your hands on a dictaphone – one that you can connect to your PC and upload the tracks. They cost about 70 euros upwards. This is a VERY SMART investment – believe me! What you do is next is simple! Record yourself reading the summary of the chapter you have been working on. Upload onto your PC – download onto your i-pod. In that way you can listen to it while on the move – and it is SO EASY to start learning it off, if you listen to it regularly enough! On the bus, in the car, while walking. You can also burn it onto CD and listen to it while getting ready for school, getting up in the morning, getting ready for bed. These are all times of the day where you physically can’t study – but if you have the CD playing – you are subconsciously learning the material!
I hope you find this helpful! I have dozens more ideas to make studying simple! Keep an eye on our site!
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