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Study Skills (part 3/5)

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In our last posts, we looked at getting your study environment right and making sure that you are fit and healthy for studying. In this post, we’ll work on planning.


The first step in planning your studying is going through each subject and having a good look at what you need to cover. In high school especially, you may be examined on work you covered almost 6 months ago and it is easy to forget exactly how big a section is or that there are tricky concepts which need to be revised. Go through the work you need to learn and realistically assess how much time you will need to adequately prepare for each section. Break this down into manageable chunks of work.



Brett has written a fantastic post on creating a study schedule – use some of his tips to create a plan for when you will study at least a month before exams begin. Remember, you can always utilise additional time close to the exams, but you can never go back and gain more time if you have left things too late. Use your assessment of each subject’s content to allocate sections of work to a specific study period to ensure that you will have covered everything by the time exams roll around. This ensures that you will have time for last minute revision and avoid stress. You should be finished the initial learning for all subjects by the time exams begin so that you can concentrate on revision for each subject the night before the exam. There should not be any new information being covered the day before.


There is a tiny possibility that this is true, but you won’t be writing the exam most efficiently if you study for an hour or two before the exam. The exam is two-three hours long and if you have been studying for two hours before, this means you have been using your brain continuously for four-five hours. There is no way you are working at your best after five hours! Make sure that you have had a break from using your brain before you start writing the exam, to ensure you perform to your best ability every minute of it.


During exams is the most important time to take care of yourself and sleep is essential to staying healthy and alert. By planning your studying schedule carefully, you will ensure that you don’t find yourself in a position where you need to sacrifice sleep to study.

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Candice is a qualified High School English teacher and guidance counsellor. She has a passion for providing practical, easy to implement advice for children to achieve their full potential at school. With a background in Psychology Candice has a particular interest in how attitude and emotions can affect academic performance.


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