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With exams coming up, there is some evidence that going for a brisk walk before studying can improve your recollection, and that chewing gum might increase alertness.  There are more evidence-based study tips in this post from the British Psychological Society.  What other study tips would you share?

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Evidence-based study tips

The British Psychological Society have produced a list of nine evidence-based study tips, which will help with exam preparation.  These include:

  • Sleep well. Lack of sleep has been shown to affect ability to learn new information.
  • Review material.  You will learn more by reviewing material periodically, instead of cramming immediately before an exam.
  • Check learning.  You should test yourself on the material you are studying.  Papers from previous years’ UWS exams are available on the My Page tab in BlackBoard

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The Effective Learning tutors are running informal drop-in sessions in the Paisley Campus Library Learning Cafe throughout March.  They can answer your questions and give advice on a wide range of academic skills including academic writing; referencing and avoiding plagiarism; critical analysis; studying and exam techniques; presentation skills; and Personal Development Planning (PDP).  

Dates and times can be found on the Effective Learning website.

via UWS Library News

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A recent study has suggested that writing an essay on a topic is an effective method of learning, even if you are studying for an exam.  The study compared writing a 10 minute free-form essay, creating a conceptual map, and repeatedly re-reading information.  Participants were tested a week later, where it was found that those who had written essays were more able to recall information.  There’s a summary of this research on the Wired blog, and the original research was published in the 21 Jan issue of Science.

Staff from Effective Learning are available to work with UWS students on improving their academic skills, and can offer advice on many different techniques that will help with both studying and assignments.

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