WHAT IS STUDY?
Study is the acquiring of information, the pursuit of some branch of knowledge and the devotion of time and thought to understanding a subject or mastering facts. The goal is on-going learning.
The College subscribes to a web-based Study Skills service which is available to all students. Go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and enter the username and password supplied.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
The ability to study is not something we are born with. It requires a set of skills to be learned. Studying should involve you in thinking about and understanding all your subjects. It should be pleasurable and a feeling of satisfaction should result from your efforts. Success also depends on you having confidence in your own ability.
Efficient study methods make sure your hard work is not wasted - you will accomplish more and achieve better results. Learn to make notes and summaries to help you remember. Express yourself clearly and concisely when writing essays and assignments.
Study also involves you in deciding goals and choosing methods to achieve them, solving problems, collecting information, comparing facts and forming opinions.
Success in studying is the result of hard work. By having a positive attitude to study, using effective study techniques and organising yourself, you will have more chance of success.
WHERE AND WHEN TO STUDY
The atmosphere of where you study and work is most important.
1. A place of your own is best. Ideally, it should be quiet and have good lighting and heating, be away from the TV and have plenty of room to leave books spread out.
2. You need to work in tidy conditions, with pencils, pens etc. in containers. You will also need a comfortable seat.
3. When studying, do not have a radio, television, headphones or iPods on as a distraction.
4. Decide what is the best time for you to do study - some people work better in the morning, others at night. Learning is often best when you work in short, concentrated bursts.
HOW TO STUDY
Set yourself a target you can reach, then work to achieve it.
1. Spend the first five minutes of any study session reviewing (going over) what you last did on the subject.
2. To learn notes, it is a good idea to read a few pages at night, write down the major points and then repeat in the morning. Many people find that after doing this two or three times they can understand and remember most of the notes they need.
3. Recite facts onto a voice memo or sound clip and listen while you are doing other things.
4. Redraw diagrams and label them from memory.
5. Allow yourself five minutes break between each session of studying. This may need to be extended to ten minutes at Senior level. Use this break effectively - go for a short walk, have something to eat, do some light exercise. Take you mind off study, but make sure you go back to work.
6. Follow these steps:
Your notes from class lessons
Assignments you have done.
Your test and/or any reference material.
Do this as quickly as you can.
ORGANISE AND SUMMARISE
Make notes - number and list the points where possible.
Organise your notes and summaries to be learned - the more you work on thematerial the better you will remember it.
Read in short bursts, close the book and write down or say aloud the main points.
Practice writing down main points under headings.
Make sure you understand your material. Memorising without understanding won’t helpyou to remember.
If you learn to use your time and organise yourself effectively, then studying and research will become easier.
1. Learn to recognise the best times for you to spend studying your hardest subjects.
2. Draw up a study and homework timetable which will fit your needs. Each person is different.
(a) Write in the times you are required for family routines and any other commitments.
(b) Don’t plan too heavy a timetable at the start - give yourself time to achieve some success.
(c) Difficult or weak subjects should be placed early when your mind is fresh and alert.
(d) Make sure that you do not plan several difficult subjects for the same night.
3. Try to do your set homework during free time or early in the evening and allow the rest of the night for studying or writing up assignments.
4. Plan ahead - don’t leave research for an assignment until the last minute. Reading requires time and you might not be able to obtain the material when you require it. If this occurs, extra pressure is put on you and study becomes harder.
5. Use your homework Planner sensibly - pages have been set aside for the School Timetable and a Study and Homework Timetable.
When your School timetable has been finalised, fill in these pages. Always carry your Planner. Take it into each class and have it open on your desk. Use it often as a guide at school and to help with organisation of study at home. Use the daily section for writing in assignments and homework, due dates and for writing down what you have completed in each subject. You will be able to see what you have achieved during each term