Your New Study Strategy Course

Are you focussing on the right skills when you study? Will your Study approach get you to your goal?
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No matter how amazing your lectures / study material is... what counts the MOST is what you do, and how you study when it's just YOU at your desk. This means that what's going on in your head is CRUCIAL to your study success.

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Instructor: Yvonne Starkey CA(SA)

How can I help you?

Before we start making study schedules, before we jump into our textbooks and lectures, we need to take a step back and ask ourselves whether we’re approaching our studies appropriately. 

Why is this important for you to consider?

If you were preparing for a test that required you to list theoretical details of the topic, you’d focus on memorising your work. If I told you that your test was going to require you to debate the value of the topic and why it exists, would you still feel that memorising details would help you pass? 

Over the years, I’ve watched the frustration that students feel when they experience the ‘gap’ between their studying, and the tests they write. They ALWAYS assume that it’s because they “don’t know their work” well enough. As the profession, technology, and the world itself, changes, so do the requirements of your exams. What you have to DO with your knowledge MUST impact how you prepare for your exams. 

But… does it? 

Or are you still studying the way you did for the exams you wrote a few years ago, even thought the levels and outcomes have changed? Do you even KNOW what the learning outcomes are?

The higher the levels you study at, the more you will feel that there’s something ‘wrong’ between your prep and your tests. A huge part of that gap is your study approach and study strategy. 

Questions this course will answer:

Course Contents:

Why do I want you to re-think your Study Strategy?

  • We haven’t ‘learnt’ how to learn
  • Changes in exams and assessments
  • Changes in technology, the profession and the world

Study Strategy

  •  What’s your goal? Will it help you plan your studying? Do you need to shift it?
  • ‘Knowing’ vs ‘Using’ your knowledge
  • Technical vs Strategic thinking
  • Exam design – Are you aware of this?

Your Study Focus

  • Skills vs Knowledge
  • ‘Knowing’ the answer vs ‘Building’ the answer
  • Studying for Outcomes vs Studying content
  • Passive vs Active Learning

Are you learning what and HOW you need to?

  • HOW are you learning? What are you focussing on?
  • The 4 stages of Learning
  • Problem-Matching vs Problem Solving
  • Are you building a mental ‘filing cabinet’ or a ‘toolbox’ when you study?
  • Knowledge and Learning gaps

The Purpose of doing Questions

  • What we understand about why we do questions
  • Additional reasons for doing questions that we DON’T consider
  • Learning Outcomes – Do we use these?

Performance Management

  • Are you studying TOWARDS your exams?
  • Your success often depends on your ability to PERFORM on one day. Are you actively working on EVERYTHING that impacts your performance on that day? Or are you only focussing on ‘knowledge’
  • Confidence – How it really works
  • Advice about failure

Study Mindset

Throughout the course, I refer to concepts introduced in ‘Study Mindset’ 

This course covers the following:

  • Our mindset and how it affects our studying
  • Our personality and perfectionism and how it affects our studying
  • Our Brains and habits and how they affect our studying
  • Our emotions, and how they affect our studying

Why is this important?

A lot of the concepts I discuss in the Study Strategy course make us feel ‘uncomfortable’. So we resist changing our approach, and we stick to what we know. The Study Mindset course helps us understand WHY we’re uncomfortable, and how to start changing our fear of failure and anxiety, we’re more capable of being objective about our study approach and changes we may need to make.

Student comments:


You can set up an online, one-on-one session with me to discuss how to apply these concepts to YOUR situation 

Talk to me!

Not every student is the same. The more I understand YOU, and what parts of the course you did and didn’t relate to, the more I can help advise you.

I will always refund students if they get no value from the course, but I will only do this after discussing WHY you found it useless.


A lot of the concepts will change how you SEE your studying, pretty instantaneously. This alone reduces the stress levels for most students. 

It will also provide you with advice to go change your studying immediately. It’s simple, but not easy!

It will take time to develop good study habits to match your study outcomes, but understanding your challenges helps very quickly. 

This course helps students at every level. From their first year of studies, to those writing Board exams. Understanding who we are, and why we make the decisions we do, will affect us at every level.

Click on the ‘take course’ to go to the course page to enrol and pay.

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