How to study. Get Specific - GCSE & A-Level Revision
April 29, 2017
Ways to Study
Every year students ask, “What are the best ways to study?”
What they should be thinking and asking is, What will I have to do during my exams and how can I prepare myself to do those things well?
To get specific – ‘Specificity’ in everyman terms – is the principle that how we prepare should meet the demands of what we’ll have to perform during an activity.
Think sport for a minute. To be a good cyclist, you must cycle; a runner should train by running, a swimmer by swimming, etc.
Yes, athletes include other elements in their training that enhance performance, such as weight-lifting to build strength/power, stretching to improve flexibility, good nutrition to ensure the body has enough energy to recover and perform, etc.
But the bulk of any good training programme returns to the end goal. In your case, the final exam.
So, what are the best ways to study? Let’s focus on specificity.
Step 1: Learn/engage with the content
You do – or should do – this every day. You learn/engage with a subject by completing your classwork as best you can. It seems obvious, but this is the best way to study during exam years. Remember, after all, your teacher is working to prepare you for your exam.
Step 2: Home-learning
Another obvious step, but equally important. Teachers set home-learning to consolidateclasswork, and to extend and develop it. Home-learning’s one of the best ways to study because it adds the skill/content to your memory bank, and helps you develop the skill of independent study for when you finish school for exam season.
Step 3: Fill in the blanks
What chapters/content/home-learning did you miss through absence this year? Identify these by going through your syllabus and catch up any way you can. Start by asking your teacher for extra help and advice.