STUDY SKILLS

  • To achieve the best outcome for anything you must plan ahead

  • Therefore you must PLAN your STUDY

 
 

The Process of Study

The process of study requires that you:

  • Understand It: Read your work to find the theme, main ideas and details

  • Condense It: Turn your work into organised and creative notes.

  • Memorise It: Put what you understand into your memory.

  • Review It: Go over what you know, what you still need to find it and how you will research this.

  • Can articulate It: Talk through what you know about a subject with someone. Explain your understanding of facts and your thinking. Answer their questions to you on the subject to test your understanding.

How Do I Study?

  • Studying takes a variety of different ways:-

  • Reading Notes and making your own Summary Notes

  • Reading notes aloud

  • Memorise notes/quotes

  • Making a list of what you know and what you need to find out/research

  • Making mind maps

  • Getting someone to test you on a topic you have learned

  • Past Papers

  • End of topic questions

  • Practice, practice, practice

  • Remember all the good advice given to you by S5 pupils at the beginning of the year.  They all studied in different ways & all were successful

What to Revise?

  • For each subject ensure you list all topics included in the prelim

  • Highlight your strengths & weak areas

  • Ensure you spend more time on areas of weakness

  • Remember to go back to teachers to ask for help!!

 

Tips

  • The curse of Social Media – turn it off while you are studying to avoid unnecessary distractions.

  • Take Regular breaks

  • Review regularly

  • Reward yourself

  • Be Realistic in what you can achieve in a session.

Using a Study Planner 2 Weeks Prior To Your Prelims

  • Decide on your starting date.

  • Fill in the date & time of each exam on Week 1 & Week 2 Study Planners.

  • Insert all commitments for the 2 week period e.g. sport, family.

  • Prioritise time for each subject over the 2 week exam period.

  • Start with the date of your last exam & work backwards towards your starting date.

  • You should be studying 6 – 8 hours per day during holidays and weekends.

  • Each study slot should be 30 – 40mins (unless you are doing a timed piece of work eg Paper 1 – 1 hour).

  • Look at how many exams you have close together and ensure you have as many study periods as possible for these subjects.  You may have to leave some subjects until later in the week.

  • Ensure you have breaks between your study periods.

  • Do not study similar subjects after each other eg maths & then physics.

  • Example Planner

  • For example, Graphics, Admin, French and Spanish take place on Mon 3rd Feb.  Art & PE are on Tues.  Computing, Biology & Physics are Wed. If you have an exam on Mon, Tues & Wed you must prioritise Sat & Sun study for mainly Mon and Tues subjects (maybe have one or two sessions for Wed subject).  On Mon (morning/afternoon) evening you should work on Tues & Wed subjects.  On Tues after your exam begin preparing for your Wed subjects.

Study Planner

  • Ensure you are fully prepared & ready to study with all materials required, all social media switched off & a plan of what you want to achieve in the study period

  • You should be studying for 6 – 8 hours each day

  • Each study slot should be 30 – 40 mins (unless you are doing a piece of work to a deadline eg Paper 1 - 1hour)

  • Ensure you have breaks between your study periods

  • Do not study similar subjects after each other ie do not study maths followed by physics

  • Reward yourself for achieving your study goals and go and do something you enjoy

  • Most importantly ensure you are eating and sleeping well

 

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