Volume 32 Issue 16 - 28 August 2020

Study skills tips for August: Making the most of your learning

Learning is not limited to the classroom. Study is not just done the night before a test. Both of these are ongoing practices, enhanced by good habits and routine. See which of these five Ps you do.

Study planner

PREPARE: This is where you ensure you have all of the materials you need for learning and have completed any pre-tasks such as reading sections of your textbook in advance or anything else your teacher asks you to complete prior to the class.

PARTICIPATE:  Engaging in your learning is the best way to start to cement it in your memory and ensure you understand. Having the opportunity to discuss and interact and complete different styles of learning activities really helps your brain to process what you are learning.

PLAN: Time management is key here. Take the time to look at the assessments for the course and plan when you will start, work on and complete tasks. Anytime you are asked to complete work for class, plan when you will do it and write your plan into your diary or online planner.

PRACTICE: One of the best ways to learn is to do practice questions. When you apply what you have learnt, you will engage retrieval and cognitive pathways in the brain, reinforce your learning and discover areas that need extra study.

PINPOINT: After a test or assessment is returned to you, celebrate your successes but also pinpoint any areas of weakness. This allows you to then spend time building your strengths in these areas without the pressure of an exam looming.

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