With the end of term approaching it is time to think about study notes. But why now? Well many students wait until just before examination time to even consider their study notes then there is no time to learn them and no time to practise the skills of the subject. If you will have tests later in the year, then a smart thing to do is to get all of the Term 1 study notes up to date during the holidays.

Can you imagine coming back Term 2, you haven’t done your study notes for Term 1 and you get slammed with new work – it becomes impossible to catch up! So make a smart decision and ensure you have all of your Term 1 study notes complete by the end of the term.

Top 5 tips to improve notes:

  1. POINTS: Avoid long sentences and focus on key points.
  2. TABLES: Use tables wherever possible to create structure.
  3. KEY WORDS: Pull out keys words (as shown in this list).
  4. HIGHLIGHT: Make sure the key content stands out (but don’t go crazy with colour).
  5. FEEDBACK: Show notes to teachers, parents and friends so they can suggest ways to improve them.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to achieve your personal best at school by working through the units on the site. There is a whole unit on Summarising – make sure you check out the ‘Study Notes Checklist’. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

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Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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Do you find it hard to get out of bed some days and be positive about going to school and learning? It can be hard to turn the day around when you wake up like this and don’t take steps to start your day in a positive way. Your approach in the first hour of the day dictates the direction of your day of learning at school.

To ensure you start your mornings well you need to make sure you have a night-time and wake-up routine.

  1. Set Your Intentions Before Bed: consciously decide every night to create a positive expectation for the next morning.
  2. Move Your Alarm Clock Across The Room: so you have to get up to turn it off.
  3. Brush Your Teeth: when you wake up and splash water on your face.
  4. Drink a Full Glass of Water: to hydrate yourself after several hours without water.
  5. Add some of the following ideas to your own routines.

The “Miracle Morning” is a book written by Hal Elrod and he speaks about starting your morning with “Life SAVERS”. The idea is that you add some of these to your morning routine or come up with your own activities for a positive start to the morning:

  • Silence can be meditation, mindfulness, prayer etc.
  • Affirmation can be a word you use that reminds you of who you are and how to be.
  • Visualisation is an intention (directing your focus) on how you want your day to be.
  • Exercise can be a short walk or stretching or going for a run (exercise is a great thing to do in the morning).
  • Reading something that is positive and enjoyable. What you read “resonates” with you. It gets you thinking and expanding “beyond yourself”.
  • Scribe is about journaling. Writing in your journal about your day gives you insight and clarity about issues. It also helps you realise what’s working and how far you have come.

These tips are courtesy of www.humanconnections.com.au

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to achieve your personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

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Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #73 – ACHIEVING GOALS

by psalter on February 1, 2016

A big step towards achieving your goals is developing and maintaining a goal setting mindset as the attitudes you have learnt and develop will influence the way you view goal setting.

Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.

You need to have a positive attitude when you are setting and trying to achieve your goals. A positive attitude means you are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in your path.

To create a more positive attitude:

  • Each day note down something you did towards achieving your goals.
  • Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. your teacher says well done on your work.
  • Don’t stop trying if something goes wrong, rather reassess your goals or decide you need to work harder to achieve them.
  • Find a mentor or helper to encourage you to achieve your goals, possibly someone who is interested in the same things or is good at the same subjects, but is a bit further ahead of you.

Other reasons why we don’t achieve our goals:

  • No action plan.
  • No true commitment to the goal.
  • Not rewarding yourself along the way.
  • Trying to focus on too many goals.
  • Not preparing yourself for success.
  • Fear of failure.

If you are still not achieving your goal try this:

  • Clarify your goal.
  • Write a list of actions.
  • Analyze, prioritize and prune.
  • Organise your list into a plan.
  • Monitor the execution of your plan and review your plan regularly

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to achieve your personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

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Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #72 – IT’S GOAL SETTING TIME

January 1, 2016

The start of the year is a great time to set yourself some academic goals along with any personal goals you might plan to achieve this year. There are lots of great reasons to set goals: • Setting goals gets you to think about possibilities. • Goals give you a direction to work towards. • […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #71 – MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION

December 1, 2015

7 Ways Mindfulness and Meditation Can be Helpful to Students Want to try something new over the school holidays? Why not give meditation a go? There are lots of great Apps out there, for example ‘Mindfulness’, ‘Headspace’, ‘Relax’ and ‘Positivity’. These will guide you through simple meditation and mindfulness exercises. You could even try the […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #70 – MANAGING EXPECTATIONS ABOUT RESULTS

November 1, 2015

Parents often have high expectations of their children in relation to how much homework they will do, and what results they will achieve in their studies. These expectations may result from cultural beliefs, personal experiences, desire for children to have better opportunities than their parents had and the like. Research shows that whilst parental expectations […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #69 – DEALING WITH EXAM PRESSURE

October 1, 2015

Top 10 things you need to do/remember about dealing with exam pressure: KNOW YOUR MATERIAL PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE FUEL YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND MANAGE THE PHYSICAL SIGNS OF STRESS HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST AND GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME VISUALISE SUCCESS INVOLVE YOUR PARENTS IN YOUR SCHOOLWORK TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT REALISTIC GOALS […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #68 – DEALING WITH PROCRASTINATION

August 30, 2015

Procrastination is the act of putting off a task which you know you have to do, even though you know that putting it off will probably be worse for you in the long run. For example, when you procrastinate about starting an assignment it doesn’t make the assignment go away, or the deadline change, it just […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #67 – SLEEP

August 1, 2015

TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT SLEEP ROUTINE  Sleep is so important to ensure the learning from the day is consolidated. Have a regular bed time and wake up time. A regular bed time helps to set your body clock so your body knows it’s time to sleep. Waking up at (or near) the same time […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #66 – BLUE LIGHT

July 1, 2015

WHY STUDENTS NEED TO TURN OFF DEVICES AN HOUR BEFORE SLEEP Artificial light from electronic and other devices generally emit a blue light (it may not actually look blue, but that is the underlying light).  Blue light, along with ultraviolet light is a type of non-visible light at a very short wavelength.  You can see […]

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