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Study Tips


Studying means 'using your time to learn'. When you study you review, understand and memorise important information teachers have given you.


-  Because otherwise you will forget
-  To improve your marks
-  To make school easier and more enjoyable
-  To improve your memory and make you less stressed during exams
-  It will help you develop one of life's greatest skills - self discipline


-  Ideally in a quiet place, away from family, noise and the TV
-  It is best to have a regular spot with a desk, chair, good lighting, a shelf and a storage space for your notes
-  You can use any spare time available to catch up, such as in the car, on the train, waiting for someone, at the library, or during lunchtime


As a guide the minimum times suggested are:

Year 7          7 hours per week
Year 8          9 hours per week
Year 9          12 hours per week
Year 10        12-15 hours per week
Year 11        18 hours per week
Year 12        18 hours per week


When you get home from school, immediately get your desk tidied and organised. Write down a brief study plan for the night, and list:

-  What you have to do
-  How long you need for each task; and
-  The order of the importance of your tasks

At first it might be harder to actually make yourself sit down and study, but after a few days it becomes a habit and you will be doing it automatically. remember to set realistic aims, and reward yourself when you finish eg. favourite TV show, phone call, go out, read a magazine etc.


Study should be divided into homework, assignments and essays, note making and revision, learning and commitment to memory.


These should be done first. Try to make a start on all assignments as soon as you get them. Divide assignments into manageable sections and decide on short, regular times to work on them. This will help prevent a stressed and hurried all-hours-of-the-night job the day before.


Revision should be divided into sessions lasting 20 minutes or more. You should try and revise each night what you did in class that day. Read class notes, assignments, handouts or previous tests and textbooks, and make revision summaries of your text book. This can be done by:

-   Skim reading fast to get the general idea
-   Reading slower, and highlighting key words and point so that you actually understand it
-   Making notes and summaries
-   Make special summaries to memorise


Life can get pretty busy with school, study, work, exercise and social commitments, so it is important to use your time effectively so you can fit everything in.

#1 Spot time wasters

-  Talking on the phone                          
-  Surfing the internet                            
-  Disorganisation
-  Lack of planning
-  Trouble getting started
-  Watching TV
-  Eating/cooking
-  Worrying
-  Forgetting things
-  Daydreaming
-  Perfectionism
-  Lack of confidence

#2 Use your diary and organise yourself

 It is easy to forget what homework and assignments is due, when work is on, or when upcoming social events demand attendance. It is a good idea to actively use your diary every day to note down all these commitments so you are better organised and prepared.

#3 Make a daily To Do List

List tasks according to their priority. use characteristics such as:

Things I must do..........
Things I should do ............
Things I could do ............

It is a good idea to do this at the start of each day so that you use your day more efficiently. Every time that you complete a task, tick it off and reward yourself.



At the start of the school year or semester

Find out: • Which of your subjects has an exam?

• What is the assessment procedure for each subject?

• What are the expectations of the subject?

Prepare: • Start studying as soon as classes begin.

• Read assignments, listen during lectures and take good classroom notes.


Two months before the exam

• Develop a study timetable.

• Within a subject, find out what topics are to be examined. What will be the format of the exam? (e.g. oral, multiple-choice, essay, etc.)

• Using your study notes on these topics, begin your reviews.

• Plan ahead, schedule review periods well in advance.

• Keep your reviews short but do them often.

• If you feel anxious about the forthcoming exams, see your School Counsellor about starting a relaxation program.


One month before the exam

• Which of your subjects has an exam?

• What is the assessment procedure for each subject?

• More Review, Review, Review!


The week before the exam

• What equipment is needed (e.g. calculator, HB pencil, etc.)?

• Check the timetable.

• And more Review, Review, Review!

• Try some relaxation techniques.


The day before the exam

• Revise the final copy of your study notes.

• Do not cram.

• Confirm timetable of exam and the room where it will be held.


The night before the exam

• Do your final revision.

• Check your bag for equipment.

• Set your alarm clock and get a good night's rest.


On the day of the exam

• Have a decent breakfast.

• Don't think about touching your books!

• Arrive early and get yourself and your equipment organised.


During the exam

• Listen to and read all instructions carefully.

• Scan the entire examination paper – notice how many points each part is worth and estimate the time needed for individual questions and pace yourself accordingly.

• Sketch notes on rough working paper when information comes to mind.

• If you get stuck on a question try to remember a related fact. Start from the general and go to the specific. Look for answers in other test questions. Often a term, name, date or other fact you have forgotten will appear somewhere else in the test giving your memory a boost. Move on to the next question if memory aids don't help. You can always go back to the question later if you have time.

• Try to answer as many questions and give as much information as possible.

• Ignore other students.

• If you feel anxious during the exam, use deep breathing techniques to calm yourself down.


After the exam

• Don't hold after-exam "post mortems". You can't change history.

• Accept the results and either resolve to do better next time or celebrate!


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