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October 14, 2017

Study tips for today’s South African student

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I don’t know about you, but the pressure from studying is taxing on both my children and me.

I found this article on study tips by Cheyenne Puntis on the Jozikids blog. I found it useful. You may too.

Cheyenne Puntis is the founder of The Collective Genius Centre in Parkhurst. The tutor guided homework and study centre provides support and guidance for all areas of academics including tuition, workshops and examination support.

In the age of instant gratification, fast access to information is all too easy. We rely on technology to give us that information injection before we acknowledge our own insight. So how do we reset and approach tests in an internet-free environment, relying only on recall for that important exam?

Here are a few tips for how the new age student can approach their study sessions.

Create something to look forward to

As soon as study time becomes something to look forward to, we begin to enjoy the time we set aside to reflect on what we have learned. For example, only in my study time can I use the new stationary I’ve been looking forward to trying out!

The Fidget Fad

Fidget Spinners are marketed as the cure for attention deficit disorders and anxiety, even claiming to be an antidote for autism. While they have become an identifying feature of pencil bags and space cases across the nation, they have largely been banned in classrooms for causing distractions. The unmistakable whir of a 20 spinner hive is enough to distract anyone. While they may offer an outlet for kids who struggle to concentrate, keeping these in your “what to look forward to during studying” bag of tricks is only advisable for students who can use them without letting them be a colourful distraction.

The Studying environment

Nothing is more important to a study session than the environment itself. Make sure that when you sit down for a study session, you are in a distraction-free environment that you feel comfortable in.

Have all of your studying tools readily available

By keeping all of your stationary and note-taking materials within arm’s reach, you will have instant access to important tools eliminating the need to search for items which leads to distraction. [Read more]

Celia Jacobson

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