Country manager at Crimson Education, Rebecca Pretorius says:
“Students need to be innovative in their approach to studying, as social-distancing and hygiene regulations have prevented regular teaching or group work from taking place. Using the skills and online study habits developed during lockdown can give learners a huge advantage,”
“University admissions for 2021 are very different. Demonstrating an ability to succeed even in difficult circumstances, such as a global pandemic, can help students set themselves apart from their competition,”
Pretorius offers the following study tips to matrics to make use of in their preparation for their final exams:
- Leverage digital learning: YouTube videos, online study guides and pre-recorded tutorials or webinars can be extremely helpful tools in studying and practicing for exams. Working digitally opens up a variety of new resources that students may not have previously been able to tap into. There are endless resources to make use of.
- Create online study groups: Students can use video conference platforms such as Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp video calls to discuss homework, exam topics, and study together without having to worry about social distancing. Document-sharing platforms like Google Drive and One Drive can also be used to compare notes, and ensure all content is covered.
- Find an online tutor: Even if you’re not struggling with a subject, a tutor can help you achieve top marks by providing a fresh perspective or sharing new study methods with you. Tutors can also help remotely, ensuring you can maintain social distancing.
- Create a study plan: Researchers agree that students who have a strategy or a plan for how they are going to study, achieve the best outcomes. A good plan, based on your exam timetable and the volume of content that needs to be covered, allows you to manage your time, this prevents last minute cramming. Students can use purpose-built apps on their phone or Excel spreadsheets.
- Stay balanced: Looking after your mental health and emotional well-being is key when it comes to your ability to concentrate and succeed. Remember to take a break from your screen and the books, stretch your legs and eat a healthy, energy-rich diet to fuel your brain.
- Ask for help: During difficult times, students need more help than ever – and that’s okay! If you need help studying or preparing for your exams, reach out to your parents, teachers and friends for help, even if it’s just to have a conversation so that you don’t feel like you’re on your own.
Other general study tips include:
- Organize your study space so that you avoid overwhelming your brain and decrease the amount of distractions that hinder your concentration.
- Identify and make use of the learning style which plays to your strength. Such as, visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinesthetic learning styles.
- Teaching or explaining your exam content to a classmate (through video conferencing) or family member can test your understanding of the subject and cement the knowledge before the exam.
- Use rewards, e.g. relaxing, limited social media time, napping as a motivation to get through studying subjects that you don't particularly enjoy or find very challenging.