Top study tips for exams

top-10-study-tips-for-examsBy Tania Lloyd

As our Senior students prepare to embark on the exam season, it is important that we remind ourselves of the ‘big picture’.

Students will no doubt be feeling stressed and nervous. But if they are well prepared, these feelings can be kept at bay.

To help our students navigate the exam period, here’s our top study tips for exams:

  1. Set realistic goals – recognise where you are at and where you want to be. Following this, it is a simple process to identify the gaps and map out the steps required to ensure you can reach your goals.
  2. Plan ahead – devising and committing to a thorough study plan can eliminate the need for last minute cramming. Clear, comprehensive and organised study notes will help you to make the most of your study time.
  3. Group study – tackling study with like-minded peers can help to put some ‘fun’ into studying. This is a great opportunity to share study notes, ideas and methods as well as to test one another.
  4. Commitment – focusing on the task at hand will help you to strive to do the best that you can. Setting small reminders, such as post-it notes and aspiration boards, in your home environment can encourage you to focus on the end-goal.
  5. Maintain a healthy balance – ensure that you make time for leisure and outdoor activities within your study plan. Their needs to be an element of time away from your study environment to maintain a healthy balance.

During the exams, we suggest students keep the following in mind:

  1. Use the reading time to read.
  2. Don’t commit too much time to planning. Rather, jot down a few quick ideas.
  3. Read the question carefully.
  4. Manage your time. We suggest dedicating and committing to blocks of time for each section.
  5. Keep calm and carry on.

At Bishop Tyrrell we have a number of processes in place to ensure our students get the most out of their study practice. Year 11 and 12 students participate in regular Study Skills sessions. External specialists are sourced to help students in their specific area of expertise. Time management training is also offered to assist students with the development and implementation of study plans.

The College also offers tutorials for students who are struggling in particular subject areas and a Counsellor is available to support students and to help manage their stress levels.

We strive to encourage every student to pursue academic excellence with confidence and clarity of their passions and God-given talents.

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