STUDY SKILLS Fail to prepare Prepare to Fail! Why study? IT WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED – IT’S THAT SIMPLE! • Make a commitment. What is the point of spending all the time in school to end up with poor results at the end of the day? Time is precious – use it wisely – take a small piece of time to study what you have learned – then time is school was not wasted time. • Believe in yourself –your teachers believe that you can do well – you need to believe it too! • Try your best – that’s all we ask. Not trying at all is a waste of time. BE ORGANISED • Have all course content unit notes / text books / jotters / revision exercise to hand. • Find a suitable place to study – with NO distractions. • Find appropriate times to study. • Use a study timetable. • Allocate 45-60 minute blocks per subject. • Try to study no more than 4 subjects per study session. • You may feel it useful to do intensive study on one subject on one evening per week – to test how much you have retained. SAMPLE TIMETABLE SESSION 1 6-6.45 pm SESSION 2 7-7.45 pm SESSION 3 8-8.45 pm MONDAY English Topic: French Topic: Music Topic: TUESDAY Chemistry Topic: Graph Comm Topic: BM Topic: Unit 1 English Topic: French Topic: Music Topic: Chemistry Topic: Graph Comm Topic: BM Topic: Unit 2 WEDNESDAY THURSDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY SESSION 1 10-10.45 am English Topic: Chemistry Topic: SESSION 2 11-11.45 am French Topic: Graph Comm Topic: SESSION 3 3-3.45pm BM Topic: Unit 3 Music Topic: SESSION 4 9-9.45 pm Maths Topic: Art Topic: Maths Topic: Art Topic: SESSION 4 4-4.45 pm Maths Topic: Art Topic: SESSION 5 6-6.45 pm How to organise study sessions • Target a unit/topic per session. • Find the key elements of the topic (it may be in a list on your text/notes). • Create your own brief lists/maps on each point at the start of the session to focus on what you will study. • Now read the text/notes you have been given by your teacher. Do you remember this content? • Finally, access sample questions and test yourself on these questions. Train your brain - Visuals • Use visual aids – pictures, diagrams, make wordles. Train your brain – Mind Maps • Use Mind Maps to keep all the key elements of a topic on one page. Train your brain - Mnemonics • Use mnemonics to remember key words & order. Train your brain - Quiz • Make up a quick quiz to test whether you know the answers to key questions. Healthy body, Healthy Mind • Take regular breaks, stop every 45-60 mins for a break. (Don’t take longer than a 15 min break – you may lose your motivation to study.) • Drink plenty of water – to hydrate your brain. • Eat healthy foods, not junk. • Get plenty of sleep. A well rested brain absorbs more information and processes information more quickly. • Seek help. If you need help – ask! Your teachers are paid to help you succeed – they will help you. Attend supported study sessions that are offered. • Be confident. A confident and relaxed brain works much better than a worried brain! The Exam – Techniques for Success • Tip 1 – Read ALL questions on the paper before you start. • Tip 2 – You could use a ‘confidence code’ to identify strengths • • • • • • and weaknesses. √ - know this and can answer the question. ? – I think I know this/could get 2/4 marks. X – I don’t know the answer to this. Tip 3 - Do the √ Qs first, then those marked ?. In an exam – you could leave space for those questions you are unsure of and come back to those. Tip 4 - Attempt ALL Questions. Never leave a blank you have a 50% chance of gaining a mark if there is something written down and 100% chance of losing the mark if not. Tip 5 - Never leave the exam hall early. Review all your questions and if necessary add to or change questions. Useful Links The following is a list of websites that are useful in suporting your study; • Subject Content - BBC Bitesize – • • • • • http://www.bbc.co.uk/education SQA – Specimen Papers and 2014 Past Papers http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/69284.html http://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/findpastpaper.htm SQA Exam Timetable 2015 – http://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/ExamTimetable2015.pdf Text Books http://www.brightredbooks.net/subjects http://www.leckieandleckie.co.uk/index.html Ask your teachers to give you links to websites that are relevant to your subjects.