This section gives you tips on how to study effectively and appropriately for your exams at all levels.
Using Your Senses
You might find that you use one of your senses more than the others,, thus you may need to use all of your senses in equal proportions to be really efficient. But it is important to identify whether you are a Visual, Auditory, Tactile or Vocal learner. Each of these will be explained below.
Visual (Looking): You find it important to see something in print before you can remeber it, therefore, the shape of a word, colours, diagrams are more helpful to your learning.
Auditory (Listening): You find it important to listen to an explanation, thus a tape or dvd of the subject can be helpful.
Tactile (Touching): You might need to do something yourself such as an experiment in order to understand the topic.
Vocal (Voicing): You might need to discuss the topic or to explain it in your own words in order to understand it.
Have you identified yourself? If so, then the following will help you in difficult lessons
Teacher Talks Alot: This might suit some students but if you are a visual learner then you will find it hard. So, you may need to make up pictures in your mind to illustrate what is being said. This is called mind mapping and I will explain this later.
Alot of Visual Aids: This might suit some students but if you like words, you will need to write down a description of what is being shown.
No touching Lesson: If you like to touch and do, but the lesson is look and listen, then you will have to imagine the lesson as it happens in real life.
You need to listen, look, touch and taste all the time, over and over in order to learn new topics.
For all learning you must be able to link new information with old information (information you know already).
What if I get Stuck?
It is important that you understand what you are trying to learn, if you dont understand it then you cant learn it. The following should help you with this difficulty.
1. Read it aloud.
2. Check it is taken down right.
3. Highlight key phrases/words.
4. Rewrite it in your own words.
5. Make a mind map.
6. Draw a picture of your notes, make a story.
7. Ask your parent, sibling, friend, teacher or post it on the forum on this site.
Overall, YOU need to be INTERESTED in the topic, WANT TO LEARN, and INTEND to remember.
If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, then you need to read the solutions carefully.
1. Do you arrive at a lesson without a pen, pencil or the right books?
2. Do you have difficulty remembering a series of instructions?
3. Do you not hand in your homework in because you forgot to take your books home?
1. Face up to your own organisational difficulties.
2. Learn organisational skills.
3. Learn memory skills.
4. Plan ahead.
5. Work hard.
6. Learn to laugh when you have had a bad day!
Getting Organised At Home:
1. Keep a diary.
2. Plan your week ahead.
3. Put up a pinboard in your room for putting reminders on.
4. Have a permanent marker to mark all new clothes, books etc.
5. Organise your clothes in your room.
Getting Organised At School:
1. Keep a timetable in your locker and in your wallet.
2. Keep your homework journal up to date.
3. Use poly pockets to keep your notes in.
4. Check you have all your books & equipment for class.
5. Organise your notes correctly.
Getting Organised For Homework:
1. Check your homework journal before you go home.
2. Keep to a routine - Eg. Dinner then homework then rest.
3. Find a suitable workplace.
4. Have everything you need.
5. Set a target time for each subject.