Over the next 10 weeks Mocks.ie will provide you with 10 necessary steps to study success. These involve: Step 1: Learning Style and Personalities
Step 2: Achieve your goals
Step 3: Year Planner
Step 4: Primal Spot. Find your space to study
Step 5: Organize your study time
Step 6: Read for meaning
Step 7: Note taking strategies
Step 8: Write for good results
Step 9: Planning and writing an essay
Step 10: Plan your revision
Why Bother with Study Skills? The run up to the class tests and exams can be a stressful and difficult time thus anything that will improve your ability to study well is worth considering.
Making study worth your while You need to feel it is worth your while to invest the time, commitment, energy and application required to succeed in your studies. You need a clear purpose to keep your motivation and commitment high. You also need to learn how to use good organisational skills and effective study techniques. These will help you to: • make more efficient use of your study time, • make your learning easier and more effective, • feel the work involved is worth the effort, • increase your chances of doing well in examinations.
Changing your future Decide now what you want, and then put in place a plan of action that will help you to achieve your goals. It may not be easy all the time, but it is certainly possible. You are the one who is ultimately responsible for your achievements, and it will be your determination and hard work that sees you through.
Step 3. Year Planner: Put Your long-term & Medium term Goals into Action
Objective: To use a year planner to give you an overview of the year ahead that will clearly show all deadline and that will give you focus and determination at different points along the way.
A year planner.
Buy one in any stationery shop or bookshop. lt is well worth the money. Pin it up in your study area. June might seem a long way off now, but when you break the school year down into terms, then weeks, your available time in real terms is probably less than half what you thought it was. It is a very useful visual reminder of the year ahead, and of how your time will get eaten into along the way.
Mark in important dates and events on the planner:
- Mock exams
- Aural & Oral exams
- Deadlines for essays, projects, and assignments
- CAO deadline & other requirements
Block in school breaks:
- Mid-terms in 1st and 2nd term