A balanced and organised approach to study is the key to success.
As the days grow longer and the temperature steadily increases it is a timely reminder that the end of the academic year is quickly approaching. This is the ideal opportunity for students to revisit their SMART goals for this semester and to evaluate if they are still on track or if adjustments need to be made in time for the submission of final assessment prior to the commencement of the end of year exams.
At this time of year, it is not unusual for students to feel overwhelmed by their academic load or are unsure where to focus their energy in relation to assignments and the preparation for exams.
The following tips will help you develop effective study habits:
- Find a good place to study
You will need to set up a good study area, which will be free of distractions such as your mobile or television. Try to establish a regular time and place for study. The place of study should have good lighting and be organised with your relevant study materials.
- Get organised
Use your homework and study plan to help you block out periods for study time. Your study segments should be between 30-60minutes. Take a short break after each segment. Using your study plan will help you become more organised and visualise how much free time and study you have each week.
- Break it down
Assignments that need to be completed over a set period of time should be broken into small chunks. This will make the assignment more manageable and enable you to complete it in stages, rather than all at once or the night before it is due.
- Revision and summary notes
Revising what you have learnt should be part of your study timetable. Reading over your notes and checking your understanding of new topics learnt in class is an important part of study. Each week, set aside a period for revision of your notes for each subject.
- Try to stick to your study plan
As much as possible, try to stick to your study plan and avoid interruptions such as using your mobile, TV shows and visitors. If you want to watch a TV show include it in your plan as mapped out and don’t waste time by starting two hours later than planned. Motivate yourself, achieve your set goals and then reward yourself!
- Take a break and reward yourself
After each study period of 30-60 minutes, take a short 10-15 minute break, have a snack, take a walk, and have a good stretch as this will help to keep you alert and focused. Your body can become lethargic if it’s subjected to long periods of inactivity. Don’t forget to eat plenty of healthy foods at regular times also.
Access College Resources
Use the resources that the College has on offer.
Teachers – if you need assistance, would like to submit a draft or require guidance for your assessment or exams then your teacher is a great resource to access.
Head of House and/or Tutor – they are always available to sit down and have a chat if you need guidance or are struggling during the assessment period.
The College Tutoring program runs every day in the senior library from 3:30 – 5 pm. Every day there are teachers from each faculty area as well Year 11 & 12 students available to assist students in completing their assignments or revising for exams.
Head of Mulrooney House