Posts Tagged ‘Studying’

Create a Wall Map

Create a Wall Map

You have just finished a set of exams for school. You have got your marks back. Your final end of year exams loom in the future.

What do you do?

The first step, is to evaluate your performance. This includes not just evaluating where you lost marks, but considering how your preparation and exam technique contributed to your overall performance.

So what is the second step?

Should you have a Boyfriend or Girlfriend in Years 11 & 12?

Should you have a Boyfriend or Girlfriend in Years 11 & 12?

To have a boyfriend or girlfriend. That is the question. From speaking to students and parents, there is a general feeling in the community that having a boyfriend or a girlfriend in Year 11 or 12 is NOT a good idea. Oft quoted reasons for this opinion is that such a relationship during the most [...]

All the Small Things

All the Small Things

The key to academic success, and arguable anything, lies in doing the small things consistently. Small things such as making sure your notes cover that extra point, small things likes making sure you spend the extra 10 minutes going over something, small things like making sure you take the time to fix up and essay. [...]

Maintaining Focus & Concentration

Maintaining Focus & Concentration

Have you ever been studying, and then started just staring out the window. Or maybe you have been researching on the net, and decided you would click on that interesting link, and now you can no longer focus. I bet you have asked yourself: “How do I regain focus and concentration?’ So, how can you [...]

How to Overcome Poor Exam Results

How to Overcome Poor Exam Results

We recently received an email from a student who related that they did poorly in their exams – a lot lower than expected, and were depressed because they felt that their goal was slipping away and now seemed impossible. This often is a common issue after large exams – and the student in question wanted [...]

What Should you do the Night before an Exam?

What Should you do the Night before an Exam?

Your exams begin in two days.

So, what should you be doing the night before the exam?

The answer of this question largely depends on your level of preparation, but I will nevertheless attempt to lay down some basic principles to guide you.

A Blue Print to Academic Success – How to Ace Your Year 12

A Blue Print to Academic Success – How to Ace Your Year 12

Recently, I have had a number of students email me with the following question: Is it too late to start preparing for Year 12? If I start working now, will I be able to do well at the end of the year? It just so happens that recently, I was reading a book titled, Developing [...]

When Should You Do Your Homework?

When Should You Do Your Homework?

Recently, I have been covering the idea that the difference between talented individuals and everyone is not intelligence, but the way they practice. This has been coined ‘deliberate practice’ and in my last article I noted that to excel academically, this involves minimizing study time and ramping up memory retention. Beyond increasing efficiency, what does [...]

How to Study For Exams

How to Study For Exams

Over the last couple of weeks I have been writing about this idea of ‘deliberate practice’ – that top student’s essentially prepare and study differently, and this is essentially the key to academic success. Today, I want to continue on this theme – and in doing so answer a question which was emailed to me [...]

Evaluate Your Exam Preparation and Technique

Evaluate Your Exam Preparation and Technique

Just a short post this week. Things have been a little crazy at my end (which has also resulted in a slight slow-down in the rate of my posts!) Many Year 11 and Year 12 students have been getting their results back from assessments and half-yearlies exams recently. As a result, I have had a [...]