Closing down July 2019

After much thinking we’ve decided to close Hügel Learning LLP from July 2019. We both have exciting new roles which mean we can’t give Hügel the time it deserves! Thank you all for your help and support. We leave you with the immortal words of Ron Swanson:‬

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Learning space

The importance of having a learning space

When you’re learning something new it’s so important to have a dedicated space to work!  Somewhere you can be comfortable and free from distractions (including social media).

Social media overloadPoor Arnie keeps being distracted by social media!

Get a desk!

Having a desk or dedicated table to work at can make a huge difference.  You can leave work out and return to it later, and be comfortable when you are working.  A desk should be big enough for your computer/laptop, and also have room for you to make notes/write as well.  Having a comfortable chair will also prevent backache and let you keep working for longer.


Keep your learning space tidy!

A messy desk is a useless desk.  If you can’t even reach your keyboard and mouse or make notes then it’s time to do something about it!  Having a bookshelf or other storage nearby can stop your desk becoming a dumping ground.

Messy Desk 2

If your desk is going to be a workspace for other things that you do (like running your business from home) then it’s important to have good systems in place to manage the flow of paper across your desk. An in-tray and out-tray might help, but don’t let things pile up, it’ll just stress you out!

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Try to keep your desk as clear as possible when you’re learning though.  If you’re prone to procrastination it’s amazing how much entertainment you can get from an elastic band!

Tidy desk

Take regular breaks and exercise

Finally, even with the best learning space in the world you still need to take regular breaks.  Keep hydrated (your brain needs it!) and if you reach the point where you can’t concentrate anymore go take a quick walk around the block.  The fresh air and change of scenery/activity will help you come back to your learning refreshed.

How to take useful notes when studying











The main reasons you take notes when studying are:

  • To remind yourself of the information you have learnt
  • To help you to remember that information

When taking notes, it is important to remember K.I.S.S.


Notes should be short.

Remember to write down the key words used by the speaker. This will help when you revisit your notes.


Use short phrases, key words and short sentences.

Write your notes in your words.

It is useful to write down important quotes and turns of phrase the teacher has used.


Use bullet points and lists.

Sign Left and Right in Yellow

Listen out for sign posts from the speaker

  • Firstly, secondly…
  • Next…
  • After this…

The reason the speaker uses the words they do on PowerPoint slides is because those words are key and important to the topic. Note those words down.

Try to re-read your notes soon after taking them as it helps your recall and retention of the information.

When you are completing Hügel Learning tests, quizzes and assessments you can have your notes in front of you. We are not assessing your memory but rather your understanding of the information given.


How to succeed at multiple choice tests

Before we look at how to succeed at multiple choice tests, first we need to answer the question:

What is a multiple choice test?

It is a test that asks questions and gives you a choice of answers.

You have to pick the correct answer or answers.






Here is a list of tips to help you succeed at multiple choice tests:

Tip 1

Spend time going through the information you are required to know

Many people assume multiple choice tests will be easy and you don’t need to work so hard at studying for them since the answer will be given to you and you just have to choose it.

However, multiple choice tests often want you to know more specific details – names, numbers, colours, dates.

What colours are in the Zimbabwean flag?

a) Green, blue, red and black

b) Green, yellow, red and black

c) Green, white, red and black

These bits of information can be avoided (or even be close but not right) in an essay, report or portfolio, but are either correct or incorrect in a multiple choice test.

And if it is incorrect, you don’t get the point in a multiple choice test.

Therefore, it is very important that you read through and make notes on the information you are required to know.

You also need to revisit and revise the information repeatedly up to the time of the test.


Tip 2

Read the question thoroughly

Make sure you know what the question is asking before you give the answer, not what you think it’s asking you.

Who was the last Prime Minister of the UK?

  1. David Cameron
  2. Theresa May
  3. Tony Blair
  4. Gordon Brown

Not the current one, the one before Theresa May.



Tip 3

Check if the question is asking for a different response to just an answer

  • Which is not
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
  • All of the following except
  • Select 3
  • Choose 2

Tip 4

Read all the answer options before you decide which you will choose

Quite often answers will be similar to each other so be sure to read all the answers before you choose one.

Tip 5

Make sure that the answers you’re given match the question you think you’ve been asked.

Tip 6

If you don’t know the answer, rule out the answers that it can’t be

Lights don’t go straight from red to green so “Green alone” and “Green and amber” can be ruled out.

Tip 7

Double check all of your answers

Read the question and answers more than once.

Tip 8

If you don’t know an answer, never leave it. Guess!

No answer will definitely give you 0 points. But a guess might give you 1 point.

Tip 9

Take your time – there’s no rush

Make sure you read the questions and answers and give yourself time to think about which is correct.

Tip 10

But, don’t spend too long on each question

You don’t want to end up not finishing the test.

Good luck with your next multiple choice test!