STUDY SKILLS TIP #84 – SWOT TIME

by psalter on January 1, 2017

What would you like to achieve this year both academically and in your personal life? The start of the year is the perfect time to reflect and reassess. It is a great time to look back and decide what worked, what didn’t and what new approaches you will try.

A great way to do this is through taking a few minutes to do a SWOT analysis. You can either write your answers down or discuss with someone or just think about your responses.

STRENGTHS:

  • What went well for you at school last year?
  • What study and time management techniques worked for you?
  • What skills do you have that help you to do your best at school?

WEAKNESSES:

  • What were your greatest challenges in achieving your personal best at school?
  • What do you struggle with most as a student?
  • What do you need the most help with?

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • What one thing could you do differently this year that would most help you to improve your results?
  • What skills do you most need to focus on improving this year?
  • Who in your life would be able to help you to be a better student?

THREATS:

  • What are the biggest obstacles to you making changes in your approach?
  • Are there other students you sit with who make learning difficult?
  • What is stopping you from achieving the best results you can at school?

After you have worked through the SWOT analysis, choose the top 5 changes you want to make this year and write these down. Put these goals somewhere where you will see them every day before you go to school. If possible also write down some specific actions or steps you could take to achieve these goals. A good way to do this is at the start of each week write down the steps you want to take for that week.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how students can achieve their 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.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

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 #83 – SCHOOLWORK IN HOLIDAYS?

by psalter on December 1, 2016

The holidays are designed to be a period of rest and recuperation for students. This means that students need a chance to unwind and relax and do things they enjoy!

However it doesn’t necessarily mean that no schoolwork is done during this time. Go through this checklist to see if you need to do any work in the holiday break:

  1. ASSESSMENTS: If there are assessments due in the first few weeks of the next term, students will need to work on these assessments, and possibly complete them depending on the due date.
  2. EXAMS: If exams will be held in the next term then students should use some time in the holidays to get their study notes up to date. If the exams are early in the term, then students will need to also study during the holidays.
  3. SENIOR EXAMS: For senior students who have major exams after the holidays, the holidays will be a period of intense study and not a time of relaxation.
  4. AREAS OF WEAKNESS: The holidays can also be a time for pinpointing areas of weakness. For example, students may spend some time reviewing Mathematics topics they found difficult or reviewing the grammar in a language they are learning.

Apart from these, we do want students to have a chance to refresh their mind and body, catch up on their sleep and take the time to focus on healthy lifestyle and quality time with family and friends.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how students can achieve their 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.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

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 #82 – TEST-TAKING TECHNIQUES

by psalter on November 1, 2016

What do you do in the few days before an examination?

At least a few days before the exam, make sure you do the following:  

  • Plan out how much time you should spend on each section of the test.
  • By looking at past papers, get a feel for the types of instructions that will be on your paper.
  • Do some exercise so you can burn off the pent-up stress that can come before exams.
  • Look after your body – lots of water to juice up your brain, healthy food, decent sleep.
  • To calm nerves, make mental pictures of yourself sitting down and doing well in the test.
  • Purchase any equipment you may need, extra calculator batteries, pens, rulers etc.
  • Ensure you know what equipment is allowed in the test or exam.
  • Focus on reviewing the key points, perhaps a condensed version of your summaries.
  • Practise as many past test papers as you can get your hands on.
  • Check the timetable to ensure you have a clear picture of when each exam is being held.

The night before the test or exam:

  • Pack your bag with everything you will need for the next day, ensuring you have all necessary equipment.
  • Plan what time you need to leave to ensure you have plenty of time for unexpected delays.
  • Don’t go to bed too late – you need to make sure your brain is fresh and alert.
  • Don’t ring friends and discuss your preparation or the examination.
  • Just before you go to sleep, look through your notes briefly.
  • If you have a number of exams, check the timetable to doubly confirm the date, time and location of the exam.

 The morning of the test or exam:

  • Visualise success. Before you get out of bed close your eyes and picture yourself going into the exam, doing well and coming out pleased with your efforts.
  • Review your notes. You are not doing intense study at this stage, just looking through and reminding yourself of the main things you want to remember.
  • Eat breakfast. Your brain needs fuel so eat a hearty breakfast so you can focus and concentrate in the exam.
  • Be on time. Make sure you leave enough time for contingencies so you won’t be late.
  • Avoid negativity. Don’t stand around in the group discussing what you did and didn’t study.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how students can achieve their 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.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

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 #81 – PREPARING FOR EXAMS

October 1, 2016

Exams coming up this term? Follow these steps to help you achieve your personal academic best: Find out what you need to learn: ask your teacher if you will be tested on the whole year’s work or just the second half of the year. Make your study notes:  You want to get your study notes […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #80 – A MESSAGE TO YEAR 12

September 1, 2016

These last few months of Year 12 can be overwhelming as the focus just seems to be on marks, marks, marks. So here are some important things to remember: Yes this year is important. And yes you want to get the best marks you can. BUT. A very big but. You as a person are […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #79 – 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STUDENTS

August 1, 2016

7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STUDENTS Effective students are those who have learnt to study smarter rather than harder. Below is a list of the top 7 habits that effective students do. MAKE THE MOST OF CLASSTIME: If you have to sit in class anyway, then you may as well make the most of the […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #78 – MID YEAR CHECK UP

June 29, 2016

As we approach the second semester now is a good time for you to do a bit of a check-up to see if you can improve your approach to school. Here are some questions you can ask yourself: Have you set yourself goals to strive for over this year? YES / NO Do you know what motivates you […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #77 – PROOFING ASSESSMENTS

June 1, 2016

1st Proof: It’s a good idea to relocate from your work space for this. For example, take your assignment to a park or another room – somewhere you will sit with new focus for a set time. Go to this place with the sole purpose to proof. Ensure you take the criteria, what the question […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #76 – STARTING ASSIGNMENTS STRAIGHT AWAY

May 1, 2016

Ever leave your assignments until the last minute? Well here are 5 reasons to start work on your assignments immediately. GET YOUR BRAIN THINKING ABOUT THE TOPIC: At the very least, read through the requirements of the assignment on the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #75 – MAKING GREAT STUDY NOTES

April 1, 2016

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 […]

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