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Semester 2 study tips

How many of you are still shocked that it is April already! We have finished the majority of semester 2 for this academic year, you have earned yourself a well-deserved holiday!

While you are enjoying your Easter break, hopefully, you are also aware that we are not far from the exams! There is no doubt that they can be overwhelming and stressful, here are some tips to help you ace them!

At this stage, many courses are finishing up the new materials. Therefore it is vital that you start revising and summarising the key topics in each course. To get an overview of all the topics. You can skim through the lecture notes and slides from the beginning of the semester. Always remember to check the learning outcomes and test your knowledge with them. The learning outcomes are usually bullet points that precisely summarise the main focus of the lecture, they are extremely useful to use as a checklist.

From here, you can write down the parts you are not confident about so that you can come back later and review these parts in detail. 

If you are doing full-year courses, it is important that you don’t leave out the first half of the course when carrying out revision. In this case, notes from semester one will be extremely useful to help you remember the key ideas from a long time ago. 

It is no secret that your course directors and professors are the greatest assets when it comes to revision. Please also check the discussion boards before going! It might save a lot of time for you!

There are also two practical tips to help you study! 

1) Flashcards:

Flashcards can be extremely useful to enhance your memory. More importantly, the process of making them can also improve your understanding of the topics. You can use apps such as Anki or Quizlet. They are very easy to use, convenient and assessable! 

2) Record your thinking process on paper:

For process-heavy calculations or subjects such as accounting, I find it useful to record my answer for a worked example with details and explanations. Write down the steps of solving in order and note down the things that get mistaken frequently by students. It is also important to explain things in your own words, so that when you want to revise this question type later, it is easy to follow and understand. Most importantly, this will trigger your memory about the question and topic efficiently.

Lastly, I hope you have a wonderful Easter and best of luck with your studies in the future!

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