The Christmas break is nearing, but so are student exams. Here are 10 key study tips your son can implement coming into the exam period.
1. Time Management
Using a ‘to do list’ is crucial. First you write everything you need to do on a notebook or word document, then you number the items from things that need to be done immediately to things that can wait a little while. Pick the top 5 items and work on getting them done first. Then repeat the same cycle the following day, until all items are completed.
Identify what you need to achieve and how you are going to achieve it, then work out how much time you need to achieve the goal.
3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Put all electronic devices in the kitchen. That way you will be less likely to check notifications or be woken up by someone messaging you in the middle of the night. Aim for 8 to 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
4. Stay Motivated and Be Confident
There can be times when you are studying for an exam where you may get deflated if you don’t understand something or don’t remember something. The best thing you can do is start your revision for your exams early and go over things over and over again. If you are ever unsure of something ask your teacher or a friend.
5. Avoid Procrastination
Overcome the temptation to go on your phone or laptop for hours. If you put your phone in another room you’ll be amazed how much work you can get done.
6. Utilise Your Teachers
These people are one of your best assets. Don’t be scared to ask for help and don’t feel judged. Remember your teachers are here to help you and they will be delighted when you ask questions.
7. Get a Study Buddy
Plan a study session with a friend. That way you can bounce ideas off each other, comparing notes and testing each other. Perhaps making a study session more enjoyable.
8. Maintain a Balanced Lifestyle
When it comes to the crunch it’s important not to throw the balance out the window. What this may look like could be to study for 50 minutes then have a 5-minute break or you may set yourself a goal to study for 2 hours then you are allowed to watch your favourite T.V show. Always put the reward at the end of the allotted time not before.
9. Learn From Your Mistakes
Nobody is perfect and sometimes the best way to learn is through your mistakes. Take the feedback you have been given and learn from that. Don’t spend all of your time working on your strengths, ensure you allocate sufficient time on working on your weaknesses.
10. Have Fun
Be grateful for being given the opportunity to learn. Twelve years of school is tough, but with a positive mindset and a great support network, you can achieve anything you want.
Alex Hausen (Head of Haydon House – Acting)