Tips to help you be the best studier you can be!

For many people, the holidays are a time of relaxation and family. As a student, it can be the most stressful time of the year.

If you’re an National Aviation Academy (NAA) student, taking your airframe and Powerplant exams something you’ve been looking forward to—or fearing— ever since enrolling. There’s no getting around it: studying is a must to ensure you earn the passing grade for your licenses.

Not a natural studier? We’re to help. Study habits can be difficult to maintain when you have a lot going on outside of the classroom. So here are 5 study tips to help you earn a passing grade on the path towards your aviation maintenance career!

1. Create A Schedule

Studying can be a nuisance, especially when life does not stop in order for you to do so. However, it is important to prioritize time in order to go over material. Shorter, more intense study times are more effective than studying for a long period of time. Don’t forget to take breaks, even if that means you have to schedule them as well!

Set a study schedule and stick to it! Treating it like a must-do will help to decrease distractions and keep priorities in check.

2. Space It Out

Distributing study time over multiple periods can help the boredom factor and keep you engaged. When scheduling this time to hit the books, be sure to space it out. Try to do something at least once a day. Set a realistic timeframe and stick to it – this can prevent the need to pull an all-nighter to cram!

Remember that re-reading text is not engaging enough and can often lead to forgetting. If you take the time to space out the material and practice active studying (flash cards, creating a study guide, etc.) you will have a much easier time when it comes to exams!

3. Environment

Everyone has their own unique way of studying. Some can listen to music while studying, while others may need complete silence to retain information. You should feel comfortable and inspired in your chosen study area. Get away from distractions if possible, and consider shutting off your phone while getting the job done. Lock it away if you have to!

4. Test Yourself

When testing yourself, you end up practicing the act of retrieving information you’ve learned. In a study from 2006, students were found to retain information better when recently tested on a subject, compared to students who were tested much later. This is called “retrieval practice” – the act of testing or quizzing after reading material will help to make material more accessible later.

Studying should not just comprise of attempts to memorize material. Use flash cards or even another person to help quiz you! Or, create your own practice exam.

5. Study With Friends or a Group

At NAA, you work closely with many other like-minded students. Consider gathering a group to study together! That way, you’re in a comfortable setting with people you know, and can quiz one another to retain information easier!

Study Tips for Success

Studying can be stressful when you are not in the right mindset or environment. If you find that you are not retaining information well, try switching up how you are studying! Find something that works for you, because at the end of the day, this is your future!

We wish you all the best on your exams, and look forward to your continued success.