There are lots of different ways that students can study successfully. Below are some ideas for parents trying to help their child study :
Get you child to identify specific goals (eg pass achievement standards 1.1 & 1.3 in Maths ; get a merit in achievement standard 1.8 for Geography). This will help motivate students and focus their efforts.
Study Programme :
Work out how much time is left to study until the final exam. Draw up a daily calendar until then. Write in essential items such as sleep, sports training, going to school, etc. Divide the remaining time into 60 minute slots - 50 minutes of study and 10 minutes of relaxing. Allocate each slot to a particular subject for revision. If possible, identify what part of the subject you will study in a slot.
Students should aim for at least 30 minutes per subject - each day. Once you’ve made a programme, stick to it !
Study Space :
Set aside a space in your house for study. It should be well away from distractions such as television, the telephone, etc. Ideally your child should be allowed to leave their books there, without having them shifted between study sessions.
Tidy Notes :
Help your child to go through their folder or books, and make sure they are tidy - eg the notes and exercises are filed under the appropriate units or topics. This helps students to find work more easily. It also helps students to remember the structure of a course - which in turn helps them to remember the work.
Mind Maps :
Get your child to summarise the course work using mind maps, or lists of bulleted points. Use colour and pictures to highlight key ideas.
Past Exams :
Finally, the best revision is to get hold of previous papers (and answers) and try answering some questions. You can get these from your child’s teachers, or various study books at Whitcoulls or Paper Plus.
Good luck !