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    Helping prepare for the entire academic year

    DON'T STRESS! Check out these 6 study tips to combat exam anxiety.

    Studying for NCEA and University exams can be, well, stressful. And stress is the last thing you need when you’re trying to cram info into your head for a test. We’ve got some tips that’ll sharpen your study skills and get you energised and motivated to achieve your best.

    • Students have more and more to do every year. With an increased focus on testing, students need to take note of all of the important information covered in class to be prepared on exam day. One of the best ways to tackle these exams is through organisation. Below are some quick and easy tips for helping students get organised and take on those exams.

    • Tackling your subjects with the Post-it® Notebook Kit

      1. Be prepared all year long: The Post-it® Notebook Kit is perfect for the student that is ready to tackle a semester or year long class and knows that notes are going to keep them busy. There are few things more frustrating than not having your note-taking supplies at hand in class. The Post-it® Notebook Kit attaches right in the book/notebook and is ready when you are. There are some simple ways to get the most out of them for the class period.
      2. Post-it® Arrow Flags are perfect for identifying important information the teacher points out in class. The ease of access to the Post-it® Notebook Kit makes flagging that important information a breeze. Terms to study or entire sections can be identified without missing crucial notes in class. Simply grab the Post-it® Arrow Flag, place it, and get back to your notes.

        Post-it® Full Adhesive Notes are great when you have more time to write something out and add it to your notes or textbook. They are just the right size to be placed in your notebook or textbook that it stands out and you can write a complete note.
    • You can also move it to another page if it is something that needs to be addressed multiple times. It allows for many diverse applications which is important when it comes to note-taking.

    • Doing a bit of planning for your study time is crucial! It’s the only way to make sure you get it all done, so you’ll learn more efficiently, rather than getting caught up in the stress of feeling disorganised and rushed. And when you get it done, you’ll be energised for what’s next. With these tips and a few Post-it® Products, you can improve your study habits, which will make prepping for exams your new favourite thing! OK, maybe that’s a stretch — but it’ll be way less painful.

    • 1. Study early and often

      If you're looking up an article on study methods, it might be too late for this, but we're throwing it out there anyway. If you can, start reviewing your notes and textbooks at least a week before finals. The more time you give the info to sink in, the more of it will stick.

    • 2. Stay organised

      So, organisation is kind of our thing, we admit, but we make Post-it® Products for a reason. They help you keep track of priorities and to-dos, ideas you've had (like writing down essay ideas at the end of a chapter without tearing the page), mark important passages to come back to (like when you use Post-it® Flags to mark pages by colour so you can easily see them when you come back) or help you take notes along the way without writing in your textbook (like when you use Post-it® Page Markers and add notes directly to a page). But you know what? Organise however works best for you — just ORGANISE!

    • 3. Go to sleep

      Seriously, staying up all night is not going to help you study better. You might feel like you're getting a lot done, but you're probably sapping your mental strength, not to mention getting cranky and annoying your friends. Close the books, turn off your phone and get some rest.

    • 4. Find some help

      One effective way to study is to divide and conquer subjects amongst friends. Break your subject into manageable topics, assign yourself and friends one topic each, spend some time understanding that topic and writing notes, then regroup at the end of that session and share the learnings of each topic. Other people's ideas, perspectives and even note-taking skills can help you test just how sharp your knowledge really is.

    • 5. Make a schedule

      Check your Board of Studies and University exam timetables to know which exams are coming up when and how much time you've got to study for each one. Create a study schedule and cross off each subject as you complete it, so you can focus on what's most urgent and make sure no deadlines pass you by.

    • 6. Draw a mental picture

      For that one tough fact, number or date you just can't remember, try assigning a mental picture to it — the weirder, the better. It doesn't have to have anything to do with the fact, but it can work surprisingly well to help you recall something later. So, if bees and bananas help you remember the Periodic Table, then bees and bananas are your new best friend. Draw your mental pictures on Post-it® Super Sticky Notes and stick them wherever you’ll see them frequently, like your notebook or planner. You can stick and re-stick them almost anywhere, which will make sure that your drawings — however random they might seem — help you retain the pesky stuff that always seems to slip your mind.

      Look, we get it — studying is hard and procrastination can creep up, but try these tips along with the right tools to make a tough process smoother. When you’re less stressed and more motivated, getting things done is super energising — you’ll learn more efficiently, and ace those exams like it’s your job (because, well, it is). And when you do your job well, you’re ready to make your mark on the world. Follow these tips and thanks us later!

      1. Study early and often
      2. Stay organised
      3. Go to sleep (seriously)
      4. Find some help
      5. Make a schedule
      6. Draw a mental picture

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    • Nicholas

      Nicholas “The Nerdy Teacher” Provenzano is a Google Certified Teacher who has earned acclaim for using innovative and collaborative techniques within his classroom. Keep up with his ideas at www.thenerdyteacher.com.