Study Skills for Tertiary Learning

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Study Skills are a key requirement for all tertiary students. Without them they are sure to fail. There are many types of study skills that are ‘useful’, however there are those that are more important than others. It is very important to know which ones you need over the rest, if you have any hope of getting through University. The two main skills are writing and planning. Without these two skills of study, no student will go far. Hay, Bochner & Dungey (2006, p.17) state that ‘Individuals learn at different rates and have different lifestyles.’ In order to plan your study habits, you can’t just use a friend’s timetable, you must create your own. This is because you will have different retinues and habits to them. They may be good at studying at 6am, but you know you are more in the zone at 2pm. You need to be honest with yourself when creating a study planner/timetable. Only you know what you do at certain times of the day. If you know that your favourite TV show is at 8pm, don’t plan to watch TV at 8am. A good idea is to write it on a whiteboard so that you can easily change it if need be. The best way to create an effective timetable is to keep a detailed diary of your daily activities for a week. This way you can easily look at the diary to see what you do for leisure at certain times and what you do for discipline (study), but don’t schedule in lots of leisure and no study. Ask yourself how much leisure time do you really need and how much study time is needed to get good marks. If you can do all these things you are sure to have a perfect timetable that will have you on your way to success. Writing is and always will be a key aspect to study and life in general. Many people like Flannery O’Connor believe that writing is the key to knowing what you have to say. ‘I wright because I don’t know what I think until I read what I have to say’ (O’Connor

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