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What study technique suits you best?

Posted on 14/03/2018 by

Do you work better in short, focused bursts or long, uninterrupted sessions? Try to choose a study technique that best suits you.

There are many different ways to study. From the ‘Pomodoro technique’ to ‘eating the frog’, there are several approaches to achieving your tourism qualification.

Here is a rundown of some of the most popular study techniques, so you can choose the one that suits you best.

The Pomodoro Technique

Followers of the Pomodoro Technique work in 25-minute bursts. Every 25mins, a timer goes off, signalling that you can take a quick break to stretch your legs or get a cup of coffee. After four 25-minute sessions, you can take a longer break – like lunch.

This technique only works if you stay completely focused during each 25-minute burst. That means no checking social media, answering your phone, or doing anything that will take you off-task. Save those activities for your breaks, instead.

The ‘Eat the Frog First’ Technique

Do you like eating frogs? Probably not! This technique encourages you to ‘eat the frog’ first – in other words, complete the task that you dislike the most before you move on to other, easier tasks.

The theory behind ‘eating the frog’ is that getting the hardest task out of the way first thing will set you up for a productive day. Whereas if you leave it until last, you might procrastinate all day and never get anything done.

The Accountability Technique

Are you the sort of person who struggles to motivate yourself? You might need to find a buddy or support person who can hold you accountable to your study goals.

This technique is simple: tell your support person exactly what you aim to complete that day, and force them to check-in with you to make sure you’ve done it. If you’re really struggling, hand over your phone or something equally important until you’ve completed your tasks.

Sticking to a Study Schedule

We encourage all of our students to follow a study schedule. This is when you pre-determine when you will study each week – and stick to those times.

This is an especially important technique if you’re juggling study with a part-time job or family commitments. It’s a way to carve out dedicated study time well in advance.

Would you like some more study tips and tricks? Get in touch with your course tutor for more helpful study advice.

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