Study skills

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1. Successful Confident Responsible Effective Learners Individuals Citizens Contributors 2. Pay attention in class Take good notes 3. Keep an organised Notebook Ask questions in class 4. Plan a definite study time Dont cram for hours the and place for each day night before a test or exam 5. The following are characteristics of a successful student. Develop these in yourself Ask questions Discuss topics with your peers If you dont understand something, speak up 6. You are responsible for your own learning Ideas are funny things, they dont work unless you do 7. Learning is not filling the bucket, but the lighting of the fire 8. Study sessions just dont happen when you feel like doing them. They need to be scheduled on an organised timetable. Your study timetable should rule your life. 9. Dont study after 11.00pm Divide time equally between subjects Put a copy somewhere to keep parents informed Revise your study timetable things change Stick to it ! Well done is better than well said 10. How do you study? What are you supposed to do? Study has 3 parts Organising subject matter efficiently Getting ongoing day to day work and assignments done Researching and revising work for exams 11. Dont make study sessions too long Drink some water before you start Break tasks down into smaller manageable ones Do daily summaries of work covered in class in your own words under Main Points Set a task to achieve for each session 12. Record your plan of attack for each session Practise skills learned by doing problems, exercises and essays Aim to build a clear understanding by connecting areas of knowledge These sessions are the backbone of your Study Programme Some succeed because they are destined to: most succeed because they are determined to. 13. When do you study? How often? What about the other things you do? Write down : The fixed things that you have to do Time you have no control over the musts Activities where you have a choice of the options 14. What are your favourites? You cant do everything To achieve your goals, sacrifices have to be made Avoid time wasters make a list of the main ones Reward yourself for working well and achieving short term goals To perform at your best requires fulfilling and stimulating leisure/relaxation time You are responsible for the organisation of your time and lifestyle The first step is the most difficult part of the journey 15. Setting yourself a specific task to achieve each night is a necessary skill Too often you tend to let it happen and dont plan ahead Procrastination is an obstacle to your goals Each morning or each night before, make a list of study tasks in order of priority for the following night 16. You can also use travel time to and from school for Planning Listening to recorded summaries or points on an MP3 player Then when you arrive home, it is much easier to get down to study You are psyched up Your purpose and task are set You can apply yourself immediately 17. In the run up to your exams, you must adopt a more disciplined attitude Your performance in the exam is vital to your success Look at them positively as an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding 18. Social Life : Put this on hold Give up parties, nights out etc. Plan your rewards you will give yourself after the exams Exercise : Walk or jog daily to reduce the pressure It clears the mind and encourages positive thoughts 19. Distractions : Eliminate noise Organise for friends to call at an agreed time 20. Travel time : Read over notes Listen to study tapes Plan and revise 21. The key is to study actively : Take notes Test yourself Dont just read Many drops fill the bucket 22. The secrets to success: Have genuine faith in your preparation Dont leave anything to chance Know exactly what is required for each exam Understand each subject Quiz your teachers Know your exam format Multiple choice Short answer Essays How many questions 23. Around the house put up lists of Key facts Formulae Quotes Examples Recite them aloud when you see them Do past papers under exam conditions Identify areas of weakness and address them Become comfortable with the vocabulary used Perfect the pace you must work at Your timing is critical 24. Test your knowledge and understanding Discuss it, explain it Justify it with friends Question each other List any improvements needed Work through them systematically Retest your knowledge Be thorough and focused have a Study Timetable in your study area When only the best will do 25. Understanding Instructions On the front cover of the exam paper are instructions Read them Understand them Know what questions to do Where to put your answers 26. Reading Time Read the paper through Plan your approach Identify questions you can do immediately Put the questions in the order you wish to do them Dont work out answers Your confidence will build with more difficult questions 27. The Exam itself Start on straight forward questions Dont dwell on those you cant do Move on On multiple choice questions Eliminate those answers you think are incorrect Beware of careless mistakes Plan your answers Draw big, clear and accurate diagrams 28. The magic word in exams is Not fast Not slow But consistently and persistently You make your own luck 29. Follow these guidelines they will work for you Put a copy of your Exam Timetable in a place where your family can double check times and dates Take a bottle of water to the exam Arrive in plenty time before the exam, but dont be too early Dont listen to music beforehand the songs will play on your mind Have a watch and the necessary equipment Be relaxed and focused your preparation has you ready for your exam 30. Use reading time effectively Underline / highlight key words and phrases Do plans - do they address the questions? But dont spend too much time on planning Make sure that you have filled in all the details During the answer, consider how well it answers the question Stay alert dont daydream Dont panic if short on time note the main points If you finish early, check your work thoroughly Never leave early Cross out any answer if it is not required Write neatly and legibly Achievement is a habit work on it 31. Revision Notes Exam Timetable 32. Try to work to a Revision Timetable Start planning well before exams begin Make your Books, Notes and Essays user friendly with Summary Notes, Headings,Sub-Headings and Revision Cards Use Key Words and / or Spider Charts Get tips on other revision techniques from others 33. DONT Dont leave Revision to the last minute Dont avoid revising subjects you dont like or find difficult Dont forget that there is life beyond Revision and Exams 34. REMEMBER : Remember it is important to eat and sleep well Put yourself first it is an important time for you try to talk to family about how they can make studying a little easier for you, e.g. by agreeing times when you can have your own space, when they will try to be a bit quieter around the house and when you would rather not be disturbed DONT REVISE ALL THE TIME TAKE BREAKS AND DO THINGS YOU ENJOY AND HELP YOU RELAX 35. CHECK Have a good breakfast Give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam room Make sure you know where the exam is being held Take everything you need pens, pencils, water, anything else? Go to the toilet before the exam starts 36. Read the instructions Read all the questions and give yourself time to answer those you are required to answer Plan how much time you will need for each question If you are stuck, go to the next question. You can come back to the unfinished one later. If you are really stuck, try to have an intelligent guess 37. Perform as well as you can YOU are YOU so you can only do the best you can on the day Dont go through the answers with your friends afterwards, if it is only going to worry you Try to put the last exam out of your mind and look ahead to the next one you cant go back to change things Exams are Important, but they are not the only key to a successful future. GOOD LUCK !