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 :
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
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.