Each week there will be a study tip posted to help you improve your study techniques. Here is the first in the Study Tip of the Week.
Planning your homework strategically
When planning your homework schedule it is advisable to break down your study times into four parts. The amount of time spent on each section will vary dependent on set homework and preparations for tests and exam.
PART ONE: REVIEW
At the beginning of each homework session spend 5-10 minutes writing down at least five things you learned in each of the subjects you had that day. This is the first step of processing what was learned to put it into long term memory. It will also give you an idea of just how much you remembered from your classes. Consider this your 'warm-up' for homework to get your brain ready for some intensive work.
PART TWO: HOMEWORK
Complete any necessary homework that is required the next day.
PART THREE: ASSIGNMENTS
Even if your assignments are not due for a few weeks it is a good idea to get them started ahead of schedule - even if you are only spending a short amount of time after your homework is finished.
PART FOUR: REVISION
Your homework schedule should have revision time for each subject allocated to different days of the week. For example Monday - Maths; Tuesday - Science etc. When the first three parts of your homework programme are complete you should spend some time on revision - even if it is only 5 -10 minutes.
If you do not have any homework you should still spend time working on assignments and doing revision. Even 5-10 minute sessions can have a great impact on what you learn and remember.