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In order to obtain a qualification you will need to be able to study. Many people coming back to studying after not having done any for a long time find it difficult at first, though this does become easier once they get into the routine and understand a few principles, to make it easier these are set out below.
Study consists of two parts:
  1. Learning the facts about the subject and understanding the purpose of them and how they relate to their use.
  2. Being able to answer questions by using the information to find solutions or make recommendations and to produce written work to show an assessor that you have obtained an understanding of the subject area and can use it in a practical sense.
In order to do this efficiently a number of factors come into play.
 
Manage Your Time
Generally it is better to study for short periods of time on a regular basis than to lock yourself in a room for 7 hours.  An hour or two a day each week is therefore better than a whole day each week, though take a break at regular intervals as you shouldn’t study for more that 45 minutes at a stretch. Many people find it useful to establish a routine, whereby they allocate a specific time each day to study i.e. between 7 and 8 each night. Try not to make this late at night or when you are tired.
 
Organising your study
To be able to study you will ideally need to find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Set out your learning materials, books etc and notepad and pens.
 
Reading the Study Notes
When you first start a unit read through a section at a time.  Start by determining what it is about and then read through the notes provided to ensure you have an overall understanding of what the subject area is about. 
You should then go back and read through the section highlighting the main facts relating to the content. It can be helpful to set out the facts as headings. You should then read any books that you are referred to in order to extract additional information which relates to the headings that you made and put in any others which are relevant. You should also do this for any information obtained from the websites you are referred to.
When you have done this you should summarise the section in your own words as this will provide you with a concise overview of the subject. This will provide you with a skeleton on which you are able to hang any additional information that you obtain relating to those areas.
It will also provide you with a reference when you carry out the tasks or in preparing for your assignment.
 
Use your senses
The more senses you use in learning the easier it is to learn, consequently if you draw something out or explain it to someone it becomes more embedded in your mind. Learning, however, means that you understand and not just remember the facts. 



Assignments

The production of the assignment or task falls into two stages:

  • Preparation
  • Writing

 

Preparation

Before you prepare for the assignment you will need to be sure of what it is asking you do, so READ THE QUESTIONS CAREFULLY in order to determine what it is looking for.

Make notes on the things that it will expect you to have covered and plan your content, look for key words.

 

Sequence of Production

  • Prepare list of information required
  • Collect information - use sketches/photos
  • Arrange the information
  • Present the information.

 

Presentation and Layout

  • It must be set out in a clear, easy to read format, if typed use Arial or Times New Roman Font size 12
  • Spacing of paragraphs – ensure that paragraphs are not too long (Approx six sentences) and that they have space between them.
  • Use headings and sub-headings to ensure that the content can be easily identified and that it is grouped together.
  • Relate each section to the question in the assignment so that the assessor can easily identify if you have met the criteria for that question.
  • Use Photos, diagram's, tables, calculations where applicable.  This makes it easy for you to show that you understand the concepts.
  • Ensure it is in a logical order and that it flows, this makes it easier for the assessor to read
  • References – if you quote something someone else said or wrote you should reference that which means stating where that came from. There is a specific format for this and details can be found by visiting the constructionsite unit on Referencing.
  • Read it through before submission to ensure there are no grammar or spelling mistakes.

 

 

For additional help and advice on studying you can go to the Wikihow Learning Techniques and Students Skills website by clicking on this link.


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