Tips on studying

CHAN Sum Yi 
Bachelor of Arts(Hons) in Physical Education and Recreation Management
Recipient of Social Sciences Undergraduate Scholarships (academic excellence) AY2018-19

I’m glad that I am awarded the Social Sciences Scholarship and I would like to share my tips on study with you.

Regarding my learning process, I would first ask questions when I do not understand immediately after the lesson so that I can fully understand the contents. Then, I would do revisions shortly after each lesson for the sake of consolidating the contents in my brain. This is important because I can revise more efficiently afterwards. When I do revisions, I would make my own notes in the form of mind-maps, point-forms, and flow charts. In this way, I summarize the whole topic and this gives me a clear picture of the topic. Other than that, I would also make margin notes during lessons.  Finally, I would revise around 3 times before exams. The more I study, the more I get familiarized with the contents. 

As we all know, studying is boring, I thereby have some ways to motivate myself. Firstly, I would set small targets for myself each time, as small targets are relatively easier to achieve. Achievement would lead to satisfaction and hence I can be motivated easily. When I feel bored while studying, I would listen to strong beat music to activated myself. I would also exercise between study sessions to refresh my mind and get motivated again. 

In order to succeed, it is important to have good time management. I am able to strike a balance between studying and rest. During exam periods, I usually offer myself one to two hours of rest, so as to let my brain cells relax. This improves the efficiency of the following revisions. In a bid to avoid myself being lazy, I would set alarms to remind myself to study.