Topic outline

  • Introduction

  • Learning Preferences-VARK

  • Study Habits!

    Study habits are important to get into. Taking exams can be a time for stress and anxiety if you have not studied during the year; you will find yourself cramming for each test and studying late to find the best time and place to study so that you can use your time effectively. Everyone has different preferences so here are some resources to finding yours into the night. With a little time management during the school year, you not only minimize stress at exam time, but maximize productivity and results!

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  • Goal Setting

  • Smart Goals

    It’s fine having goals but they need to be SMART goals if they are going to be achieved. When you decide on a goal the next step is to write it down and check it against the SMART goals headings. Goals are especially powerful if you share them with someone else. When we don’t share a goal we are saying to ourselves we are going to fail and we don’t want to be embarrassed.

    Tell them the specific goal, how you will know you have reached your goal and when you want to reach your goal.

  • Maturity Goals

    We should all have a variety of goals, as well as academic goals. For example we may want to set goals based around maturity and being better human beings.

    Kohberg researched and developed what he considered to be the stages of moral development. They are widely accepted as being a useful way of describing moral development; they could also be used in personal goal setting. The aim would be to become more mature by mostly making decisions based on as high a stage as can be achieved.

    It is very hard to self-judge as to the stage we are consistently making moral decisions at and we all make moral decisions at a variety of levels, however, imagine how different a school would be if all the students were operating at stage 4 rather than stage 2. Perhaps a personal goal may be consistently make decisions at stage 4 or even 5.

     

    Mave a look at the stages / set a goal.

  • Research Skills

    How to Google:

    It might sound dumb but most people really don't know how to Google effectively. There are many different commands that can save you hours of wading through endless spam about $2.50 laptops, to find the actual page you are looking for.

    The links below will teach you how to google like a pro and save hours of time that you could have spent wading through spam.

     http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-google-effectively-a206493

    http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861

    http://www.computertooslow.com/using-google-effectively.asp

     

    • Study Techniques

      Despite what you may think, studying does not just have to happen the night before your next test. Putting aside a little time every week to look over your notes can help you retain the work that you have been doing in class. The study techniques link below will help you learn how to stay focused during your study, teach you to study efficiently and help you with many other key study techniques.

    • Revision

      The websites below will help with revision techniques while your on facebook

      Barts Revising

      So there's only a few days to go but you've still got to revise a bit more. Don't worry though, you can still take steps to make sure you'll be revising super-effectively. Here are just a few

      * Make sure you're getting a proper night's sleep. It might seem like a good idea to cram through the night into the early morning but you just have to make up for the time in sleep the next day.

      * Keep well hydrated. It'll be easier for you to think and to retain knowledge if you're feeling refreshed.

      * Don't cram for hours and hours. You'll find it easier to revise in short bursts.

      * Try different techniques to find the one that works for you. Some people can read and memorise, some need to rewrite and summarise their notes and others use diagrams to symbolise concepts. refer to VARK at the top of the page for your learning preferences.

      * Revise with a friend. You'll be able to quiz each other on what you've done so far.