Study Skills and Examination Success
As a student it is important that you achieve your potential and at St. Brendan’s College we actively help you to develop good study skills at regular intervals so that your focus on your work is the key to your success.
The following is a summary of the important points:-
Keep your brain fit!
Studying is like a daily workout and the fitter your brain is the better you are prepared to cope with the challenges that lie ahead.
The four key ways to improve your brain’s fitness are:
- Physical Activity
- Adequate Sleep
- Stress Management
Set clear goals!
Be crystal clear on what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it.
Know your learning style!
We take in information in three unique ways:-
- Visual -with our eyes(Mind Maps)
- Auditory- with our ears (iPod)
- Kinaesthetic- by doing (eg.role play)
An organised space reflects an organised mind. Avoid clutter because it will clutter your mind. Tidy out your school bag once a week and organise hand-outs into folders.(Ask for help at school or at home)
Use effective tools to organise and recall information
There are three effective steps to learning:
- Organise (mind maps)
All students will receive advice on these skills in the coming school year.
The key to memory is repetition. You must repeat and review information. Approximately five times over a prolonged period to ensure the information is stored in your long term memory. What you learn in class goes into your short term memory and is forgotten within days.
Revise, Revise, Revise!
Study is not subject practice but exam practice. It is where you take what you’ve worked at in class and homework and see where and how it comes up in the exams.
Guide Minima for Homework and Revision
It is the philosophy of this policy that students deliver the prescribed time each school day in order to develop a healthy pattern of study and revision
- Short breaks are a vital part of your study plan
- Avoid studying similar subjects immediately after each other.
- Spread your revision over the week. (Make out your revision timetable in the planner in your Student Journal)
1st Year 1 – 1.5 hours per night
2nd Year 2 – 2.5 hours per night
3rd Year 3 hours per night
5th Year 3 – 3.5 hours per night
6th Year 3.5 – 4.5 hours per night