Study Skills

Classroom Study Tips

Your lessons are valuable and a few simple steps can help you to get the most out of them.

1. Be prepared before you go to your classes. Get all the things you need ready before you set out (including books, pens, equipment and glasses if you wear them). Get to class on time, so that you don’t miss the introduction to the topic of the lesson.

2. Where do you normally sit in class? Do you find yourself becoming distracted from the lesson by being near a window or sitting close to friends? Would you get more out of your lessons if you sat somewhere else?

3. Listen carefully to what your teacher has to say and ask questions if you are unsure about anything. If one of your fellow students asks a question, pay attention.

4. It is a good idea to go to your lessons prepared with a notebook and pen. Do not wait for the teacher to tell you to note something down but take notes on the lesson as this will help you to remember what you have learned.

5. Make sure you write down any assignments or homework you are given during the lesson, and when this needs to be handed in.

6. If you are unclear about your assignment or task, ask your teacher to explain before you leave the lesson.

7. Do ask questions in the lesson if you want extra information on a subject or are unsure of the meaning of something or the task you have been given.

8. After class, it is a good idea to rewrite your notes or look over them and underline important ideas or words. This will give you a set of notes to use for revision later on.

Study/Learning Skills

Good study habits are important for success in school. Knowing how to study effectively fosters feelings of competence, develops positive attitudes and helps students realise they can control how well they do in both school and life.

Good study habits help to lay the foundations for successful work habits as an adult.

Preferred learning styles vary for individuals and students need to discover how they learn best, work out a study system that fits their learning style and use that system on a regular basis.

We have links to useful websites (including CIE and how-to-study.com) that will help students to develop a wide range of learning skills:-

• Classroom study tips

• Evaluating your work

• Homework study tips

• Good listening skills in class

• Improving concentration

• Managing your study time

• Preparing to study – A good study place

• Motivating yourself to study

• Self-esteem

• Ten study habits of successful students.

• Using acronyms to remember information

• Using flash cards

• Your preferred learning styles

• VAK. This helps to identify your preferred learning style (Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic) and offers useful advice on relevant learning styles.

Evaluating Your Work

At the end of each study or homework session, take five minutes to think about how you have performed.

Think positive – look at what you have achieved and which parts of the task you think you have done well.

Don’t panic if you have not finished your list of tasks. List the tasks you still have to do and plan these in to another session of study.

Were there any areas of the task you felt unconfident in? Make a note of these and get some more information on this topic (i.e. from textbooks, on-line resources or ask your teacher for help.)

Did you get distracted when you were studying? Was there something missing in your preparations that could be improved next time?

Take a few minutes to read through your assignment. Does your title match the assignment title? Does your assignment keep to the topic? Does your assignment make sense when you read it over?

When you receive your marked assignment back from your teacher, read through any written comments carefully, and listen to any advice the teacher gives you. Where did you gain marks? What areas need to be improved?