Mistakes 3: No opportunities for calibration

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We have a tendency (as humans) to avoid discomfort. Some of us are so averse to temporary discomfort that we are willing to live through chronic unhappiness instead.

However, when we are studying, a good rule of thumb is to seek out gaps and weaknesses as early, as quickly and as frequently as possible. We’re learners. Getting things wrong is what we do! When we put off the opportunity to calibrate ourselves correctly, we increase the risk of those gaps being under-addressed and biting us in the exams.

💡 Learning tip: When revising, always try to hit the same material in a different way. Never study the same thing the same way twice (or at most thrice).

Explore methods of revision such as quizzing, teaching others or imaginary students, and drawing things in mindmaps or flowcharts. Not only is this shown to increase our learning efficiency and retention, but by utilising active recall (i.e. from memory) often, we can find our weaknesses and target our revision to save time 🎯

Later, we’ll cover some study schedules that you can use or adapt that incorporates lots of revision opportunities.

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