After enjoying a long break, are you prepared for a New School Year? If you have not, it is wise for you to take some time to focus on how you can gear yourself up for a successful new school year without the distractions of the busy school term.
Take some time to think about and set your study goals for the new school year. Reflect on your performance for the past year and note down the specific topics or areas in each subject that you wish to improve in. Next, write down the grades you aim to achieve for each subject. Setting clear and specific goals not only helps you to focus on taking action to achieve them, you can also use the goals to check and review your progress on a regular basis.
Set a schedule for study and revision
It’s important to establish a regular study routine to enable you to get into the groove of regular study sessions. Doing so will also help you to spread out your study load and manage your time efficiently. To plan effectively, make use of a calendar or diary to mark out your regular commitments and recurring events for each week, which will then allow you to identify the study or revision time slots available.
Take proper notes
Never underestimate the importance of taking proper notes. Taking notes not only helps you to become more engaged in class, revision is also made easier when it’s time to sit for your tests and exams. You can even take it a step further by supplementing the class notes with your own revision cards. Jotting down important definitions and key words as well as the main concepts in your own words can help to reinforce them in your memory.
Manage your study space
Be it the study table in your room or the library, look for a quiet and comfortable space where you are at ease for revision. This will enable you to maximise your productivity without distractions such as the TV, mobile phones or computers.
Take regular breaks
Engaging in study marathons might not be an effective way of studying as your brain will reach its saturation in absorbing information, and thereafter, your ability to retain information will decline rapidly. Instead, divide your studies into manageable chunks (like every 1.5 hours or 2 hours) and take short breaks in between, to stretch your legs, have a drink or check your mobile phone, for example.
Set up a study group
Consider studying with a small group of like-minded peers. It’s a great way for you to ‘test’ one another on topics or questions for various subjects as well as clear up any areas of doubts. As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’. Work through as many different types of test and exam questions with your peers during the study sessions. In this way, you can identify the topics or questions that you find challenging and work on them until you are confident in them. It’s also a great way for you to familiarise yourselves with the test or exam formats.
Engage in physical exercises
A fit body equates a fit mind. Many studies have shown that physical exercises help to energise the body as well as boost the brain by releasing proteins in the brain that can help improve one’s memory and increase one’s cognitive performance. At the same time, exercising can also help you to relieve the stress you might be feeling about an upcoming test or exam.
Get sufficient sleep and rest
Having sufficient sleep is crucial to sharpening your focus and improving your working memory. Therefore, it’s important to be well-rested in order to ensure that you are able to study or perform at tests and exams at your best.
With the above tips in mind, you will be on your way to acing the new school year!
All the best in 2018!
Source: With reference to an educational magazine.