Study Skills

Examination/Revision Hints & Tips

Making a Revision Timetable (Word PDF)

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Stress often comes when you are about to approach your examinations.  A little bit of stress isn’t a bad thing!  It can help motivate you to start and maintain your programme of revision.  However if stress levels rise to an unhealthy level, then it is best to seek help and advice as soon as possible.

Who can help me?

Often the best person to help you cope with a particular worry is your subject teacher.  However if you are worried about your examinations in general then your form teacher, year tutor or vice-principal can all help.  The best advice you can take is to seek help as early as possible.  Teachers encounter pupils who suffer from examination worries all the time, so you are not alone!  Should you wish to speak to someone independent, then the school counsellor is available.  You can arrange an appointment by speaking confidentially to Mrs Mann or your year tutor.

Starting early is the key to a successful study plan.  If you leave work to the last minute, stress can often take over and it is very difficult to submit coursework or perform in an exam that is at a level that reflects your ability.  You can download a sample revision timetable here (Word | PDF)

  • Devise a revision timetable and make it an agreement between parent and child.  This will help establish and maintain a healthy work/free time balance.
  • You should study in a quiet place that is free from distractions and interruptions such as televisions, ipods, computers etc.
  • Have all equipment needed on hand, such as pens, pencils, calculators etc. so that time is not wasted looking for what you need.
  • Use the Internet only as a reference tool.  Time spent online should not be counted as ‘study time’
  • Try to create a space designated solely for studying.
  • Focus on one subject/task at a time.
  • Set yourself realistic and achievable targets for each revision session.
  • Take regular breaks between sessions.
  • Break large tasks into smaller, manageable tasks.
  • When revising, summarise your notes by making postcard sized notes.
  • Practice exam technique with past papers and mark schemes.
  • Reduce hours spent on part time jobs.

What can parents do to help?

  • Encourage a positive learning environment by ensuring your son/daughter can set up and maintain their study area.
  • Regularly ask them about their coursework, ask to see it and take an interest in their work.
  • Set deadlines for time spent on computer, watching TV, socialising, etc.
  • Help them to draw up a revision timetable.  This will allow you to see when they should be revising and when they should be taking a break.  Maintaining a balance is key to success.
  • Praise and encourage frequently.

Mentoring

The Mentoring Programme in school is designed to assist students with time management, study skills and give them an opportunity to meet with a teacher/mentor in a small group and discuss any concerns they may have with their studies.  Students who take part in the Mentoring Programme will be given the opportunity to make a revision timetable, develop revision techniques and time management.

Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/advice/factfile_az/exams_stress

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