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  • Hello.

  • My name is Emma and in today's video I am going to teach you my top study tips.

  • So if you are having a test coming up or an exam,

  • this might be a high school test or

  • it might be the IELTS, the TOEFL, the CELPIP-there's so many different tests-maybe it's a university

  • exam, whatever the case - if you have a test coming up, this video is for you.

  • Okay? So I'm going to teach you a lot of well-researched tips that can really help you improve your

  • marks and to feel more confident the day you're actually taking the test.

  • Okay, so let's get started at some study tips.

  • My first question to you is I want you to think about it.

  • You have a test coming up, where do you study?

  • Some people study in their bed, some might study in the library, maybe a coffee shop,

  • a classroom, or your home.

  • In your opinion, what is the best way to study?

  • Okay, well, if you said your bed, for most people this is a very bad idea.

  • The reason why is if you're studying in your bed with all your books and your notes, your

  • brain, when you're in bed you start thinking about sleep.

  • So if you're studying in your bed, you might become very sleepy and it might be harder

  • to study.

  • So, in...

  • I would not recommend this.

  • Okay? I don't think the bed is a good place to study.

  • What about a library?

  • Some people like studying in libraries, and sometimes it's a good idea.

  • But if you're doing an English test, like where you have a speaking component, a library

  • may or may not be a good place for you.

  • What you really want to do is think about: Where are you taking this test?

  • If you're going to be in a room with many people who maybe are talking or are being

  • loud, you want to study in a similar environment.

  • Okay?

  • So, for some people the library, you know, might be a good place.

  • For other people, maybe the library is not the best place.

  • My point is: You want to study in a place that is just like the environment you'll be

  • taking the test in.

  • So, this is a possibility.

  • Other people might study in coffee shops.

  • Now, if you're doing the IELTS or the TOEFL, this is not a bad idea because at least you're

  • surrounded by people, you're surrounded by distractions, and on your test day you probably

  • will have some sort of distractions around you, especially if people are doing speaking

  • tests where they're talking and you can hear them.

  • So, being around people, if you're doing a test where people will be kind of loud and

  • distracting, a coffee shop is a good idea.

  • But if, you know, there's no speaking component to your test, maybe you're just writing an

  • essay or something like that, then maybe a classroom might actually be a better place.

  • If you're in school and you can go to a place that looks like where you're taking the test,

  • this is the best thing you can do.

  • For home, I personally don't think home is the greatest place to study and I'll tell you why.

  • At home you have your furniture, you have your bed, you have all these distractions

  • around you, so it's easy to stop paying attention to what you're studying, and also your house

  • is not like the environment you'll be taking the test in.

  • You want an environment as similar as possible to where you're actually taking the test,

  • so I would not recommend studying at home.

  • One thing, though, is sometimes it's good to study in multiple locations because the

  • more places you study, the more memories you'll actually have of what you're studying, you'll

  • remember: "Okay, I remember studying this at this coffee shop.

  • I remember studying this at this library, and this at this classroom."

  • So that can actually help...

  • You know, the more places you study, the more memories you will have.

  • Okay, another important thing to note is: Think about your personality.

  • Are you an introvert?

  • This means: Are you a quiet person who kind of prefers to be alone most of the time, where

  • you don't really like big groups?

  • Or maybe you're an extrovert. Okay?

  • So this is where you love big groups, you're, you know, the life of the party, you like

  • being around people.

  • Do you like being alone or with people?

  • Because depending on your answer to that, it can really affect your studying.

  • If you like being around people, one of the bad choices maybe for studying is going somewhere

  • alone and studying alone, especially maybe in a library.

  • Because if you like action and you like being around people, and then you have to study

  • in a very quiet environment and you don't have your friends around or your classmates,

  • that might be very boring for you and you might not pay attention, you might get distracted

  • because you're so bored.

  • Whereas if you're an introvert, maybe you like quiet places, maybe a library is a good

  • place to study for you.

  • You know, maybe it's not good to study with other people.

  • So know your personality.

  • Instead of just doing...

  • You know, going to the library and studying, if you're an extrovert, this might be a bad idea.

  • And it's the same with study groups.

  • If you like being with people, a study group is a great way in order to learn the information

  • and to find out maybe things you don't know so well, because during a study group everybody's

  • asking each other questions, so you start to think about things maybe you're unfamiliar

  • with, you don't know as well as other people.

  • So a study group is a very good idea, but be careful with who is in your study group.

  • Okay?

  • You don't want to study with people who are going to distract you by watching Facebook...

  • Or watching YouTube videos of puppies and cats.

  • Okay? That will not help you with studying.

  • You want to be with people who are focused and serious about studying.

  • Okay?

  • So be careful with who you study with.

  • Okay, another key thing about studying is about being bored.

  • A lot of people, they don't want to study and they find it very boring, and so they

  • go, they sit there, and they're so bored, and yet they just keep reading the material

  • again, and again, and again.

  • Your brain hates being bored.

  • Okay? It's not good for your memory if while you're trying to learn you're very bored.

  • You are not going to learn that much.

  • You need to make the material interesting.

  • Okay?

  • Very important.

  • One way to do this is, you know, thinking about the material maybe in more fun ways.

  • Maybe the material will help you in your life later on or maybe...

  • Maybe being in a study group might be more fun for you.

  • So there's different ways to make what you're studying more interesting.

  • Very important you think about: How can I actually study in an interesting way instead

  • of just, you know, readying the textbook, or reading, you know, the material again and again.

  • That's really boring.

  • How can you make it more interesting?

  • All right, so now let's look at some more tips on how to study better.

  • Okay, so one very important thing to think about when you're studying is if you're studying

  • in an active way or a passive way.

  • So an active way is where you're actually doing something with what you're learning,

  • you're taking it one step farther.

  • So I'll give you some examples of active in a second.

  • First let's talk about passive.

  • Passive is where you just keep reading the material again and again and again.

  • You're not actually doing anything, you're not drawing any pictures, you're not imagining

  • the material, you're just reading again and again, and this is very passive, which means

  • that you're not really using your brain that much for this, and so you're not remembering

  • the information that well.

  • The better approach is to do things actively.

  • So, how can we remember...?

  • How can we do things more active when we're studying?

  • Well, one active activity you can do to help you study is to teach somebody the information.

  • Okay? So if you're learning about the present perfect, teach your friend: What is the present perfect?

  • How do I use it?

  • You can even make a small presentation about the material you're learning, because that

  • way you're actually really thinking about it, and the person you're teaching might have

  • questions for you and those questions might make you realize:

  • "Oh, I don't actually know this about this subject.

  • This is something I want to learn."

  • Diagrams.

  • A great thing to do.

  • Draw different images.

  • Okay? So you can do flow charts, diagrams, putting the information...

  • Instead of just writing it, you know, sentence by sentence, using different types of visual

  • aids can really help you in your studies.

  • Similarly with pictures, if you're learning new vocabulary, draw a picture of it.

  • You know, this really helped me when I was learning French.

  • Every new word I would learn, I'd draw a funny picture with it, and those pictures really

  • helped me remember the words.

  • Doing past tests.

  • If you can get a copy of a previous test, that is, you know, one of the best things

  • that you can do to prepare.

  • So if you're taking the IELTS, doing previous IELTS tests; if you're doing the TOEFL, past

  • TOEFL tests; or if you're in a university course, doing a test from the years before

  • can really, really help you in your studying.

  • Creating your own test.

  • This is a great idea because you really start to think about: What information is important?

  • And creating your own test will really help you remember the answers.

  • So it's an active way to study.

  • And this is also a little bit more interesting than just reading, you know, the same thing

  • again and again.

  • Memory tricks.

  • There are a lot of different memory tricks you can use to remember information.

  • I'm going to give you an example of one for math.

  • When I had to learn math, I had to learn about how to solve an equation, and so they taught

  • us this, BEDMAS.

  • B stands for brackets, equation, division, multiplication, addition, subtraction.

  • So, each of these letters stands for something and it's a lot more difficult to remember

  • that when you're just thinking about all those words on their own.

  • But if you use something where you take the first letter of different words, it can really

  • help you.