If you’re new to uni life, you may or may not be familiar with the myth perpetuated by the college triangle:
Depressing, no? Unfortunately, as you may have picked up on, “good grades” and “enough sleep” are intrinsically tied, as studies corroborate the well-known fact that sleep improves memory.
But no one wants to believe you can only have good grades (nerd!) or have fun. So, as uni grads ourselves, we dare to disagree and present you, first years with six simple hacks that will help you achieve all three!
1. Pace yourself
Plan ahead, time manage. Yep, you’re heard it before but nowhere has it been more important. At university you need to plan head. You’re possibly juggling multiple jobs as well as study, family and social commitments so finding out about deadlines or your assessment pieces first thing is integral.
After you’ve plotted them all in your calendar, work backwards and plan out weekly and/or daily sessions to help you achieve the grade you want.
Yes, this can be overwhelming if you’re only just becoming familiar with campus and uni life more generally but to achieve those high distinctions you need to enter those early weeks at uni with an action plan otherwise that first piece of assessment will creep up on you out of nowhere.
2. Use memory devices
Mnemonic devices, or memory devices are shortcuts that assist the retention or retrieval of information, particularly in exams. They can be an rhymes, acronyms, anagrams, lyrics or poems. Whatever works to jolt your memory.
We recommend writing these down as soon as you’re allowed in an exam so you can clear your head and focus on the task at hand.
3. Ask questions
Actually talk to your lecturers and classroom tutor and ask detailed questions if once a concept has still been introduced, you don’t quite understand it.
If you’re too shy to ask in a lecture room or in a tutorial, wait behind after class, email the lecturer or call and set up an appointment. They’re there to help after all!
4. Interact with the content
Reading the course material over and over again may seem like a great idea but research shows it’s not effective. Write notes as you study, quiz your friends, draw out some concepts, find a metaphor or create a mind map. A true mark of understanding a concept is being able to explain it to a beginner.
5. Talk to a past student
Often students are struggling with the course lecturer and structure just as much as the course content. Past students have already gone through all that stress before. Not only do they understand the content, they understand your lecture, the assessments and the pain you’re going through.
Use the Vygo mobile app to search all your course codes, find past students and book in a tutor session with them. A 30-minute session with a Vygo tutor can cost as little as $12.50 for half an hour and save you tears and a $1,000 wasted course fee.
6. Know yourself
Know your learning style. Are you predominantly visual (words, pictures), auditory (sound, music), verbal (words) or tactile (touching, doing)? Find out (take this free quiz) and play to your strengths.
Put these methods into place and you’ll save yourself a lot of tears. There are a tonne of different study hacks and if you have any sweet tips we want to hear from you. Give us a shout out on social media #vygo #studyhacks