Study tips for success

Find out how to maximise your study time

study tips

There's an art to studying

Studying is hard, but there are tricks and tips that can help you study smarter and get more out of your work. Learn how to use your time more efficiently to pack more into each session, and incorporate study methods that suit your learning style. Study is just one part of the puzzle, and to get the best return from your study investment you need to build solid techniques that suit you and your individual learning style.

Top tips

It doesn't have to be this hard

Here’s our top study tips, and we’ve also collected some fantastic resources to help you develop your own study style

Tip 1


When it’s time to study you need to concentrate.

Find a good place to study (somewhere quiet and distraction-free), put your phone on silent and get everything you’ll need for the session.

Routine is your best friend here, so build a pattern that works for you and stick to it. Some of us are at our best late at night, others like to get up early to get their study done with for the day. Schedule your study time into your routine and it’ll get easier to stick to it.

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Tip 2


Thrive on chaos? We’re going to need to get that under control.

If you’re constantly looking for notes and losing the links then you’re wasting time. Getting organised starts in class, so take all your notes and put them in the same place, and categorise them (did you know you can make an auto Table of Contents in Word? It changed my life).

Make organising your notes a part of your study each week – you’ll be reviewing what you’ve learnt as you go and then when the time comes to cram for your final exams you won’t have to spend any time getting organised.

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Tip 3

Set Goals

Make your study goals simple and achievable – decide how much you’re going to do each session at the start, and stop when you reach your goal. You can break down bigger tasks (like writing an essay) into smaller segments that are easier to complete in one session, for example:

Session 1 – review your notes and collect some references
Session 2 – write an outline for the essay and collect any more references you’ll need to make your point
Session 3 – write the draft of the essay
Session 4 – review your essay, proofread and refine

You’ll feel more motivated and be more likely to stay on track.

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