Study Smart: Tips for Scholars

At Signa Trust, we are dedicated to supporting young black female South Africans as they pursue degrees in critical and scarce skills. Our bursary program aims to provide not just financial aid, but also holistic support to ensure academic and personal success. As you embark on your educational journey, here are some valuable tips to help you study smart and make the most of your time at university.

1. Create a Study Schedule

A well-structured study schedule is crucial for managing your time effectively. Allocate specific hours for studying each subject, and stick to this routine as much as possible. Remember to include breaks to rest and recharge.

  • Prioritize Tasks: Identify your most challenging subjects and allocate more study time to them.
  • Set Goals: Break down your study sessions into manageable tasks with clear goals.

2. Find Your Ideal Study Environment

Everyone has a unique study environment where they can concentrate best. Find a quiet, comfortable place with minimal distractions. This could be a library, a quiet café, or a designated study area at home.

  • Keep Supplies Handy: Ensure you have all the necessary supplies, such as textbooks, notebooks, and highlighters, within reach.
  • Stay Organized: Keep your study space tidy to help maintain focus and productivity.

3. Use Effective Study Techniques

Adopt study techniques that enhance understanding and retention. Different methods work for different people, so experiment to find what suits you best.

  • Active Learning: Engage actively with the material by summarizing information, creating flashcards, and teaching concepts to someone else.
  • Mind Mapping: Visualize information through mind maps to better understand and remember complex topics.
  • Practice Tests: Regularly take practice tests to gauge your understanding and identify areas that need improvement.

4. Take Care of Your Mental and Physical Health

Your well-being is crucial for academic success. Signa Trust supports your mental health through our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which offers counseling services, stress management workshops, and mental health resources.

  • Stay Active: Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine to boost your energy and reduce stress.
  • Eat Well: Maintain a balanced diet to fuel your body and mind.
  • Sleep: Ensure you get adequate sleep each night to improve concentration and memory.

5. Utilize Campus Resources

Take full advantage of the resources available to you on campus. These can provide additional support and enhance your learning experience.

  • Academic Advisors: Seek guidance from academic advisors to plan your course load and career path.
  • Study Groups: Join or form study groups to collaborate with peers and gain different perspectives.
  • Tutoring Services: Make use of tutoring services for subjects you find particularly challenging.

6. Stay Connected and Seek Support

Building a support network is essential for both academic and personal growth. Connect with fellow students, faculty members, and mentors who can offer advice and encouragement.

  • Join Clubs and Societies: Participate in student organizations related to your field of study to meet like-minded individuals and develop professional connections.
  • Communicate: Don’t hesitate to reach out to professors or advisors if you’re struggling with coursework or personal issues.

7. Stay Safe and Informed

Safety is paramount, and Signa Trust provides a state-of-the-art safety app to ensure your well-being. The app offers features such as real-time location sharing, emergency assistance, and regular safety check-ins.

  • Use the App: Regularly use the safety app to stay connected with trusted contacts and access emergency services if needed.
  • Stay Aware: Be aware of your surroundings and avoid risky situations, especially when studying late or traveling alone.


Your journey towards a degree in a critical and scarce skill is an exciting and challenging one. By studying smart, taking care of your well-being, and utilizing available resources, you can achieve academic excellence and personal growth. Signa Trust is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring you have the tools and guidance you need to succeed.

For more tips and resources, or to learn more about our bursary program, please visit our website or contact us directly. Here’s to your success and the bright future ahead!

Empowering the Whole Individual: Signa Trust

At Signa Trust, our commitment goes beyond financial aid. We believe in empowering the whole individual, promoting personal growth and well-being alongside academic success. Together, we can build a brighter, more equitable future for young black female South Africans.


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