Year 10 Study Skills Workshop
Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services (www.enhanced-learning.net) recently ran a fabulous study skills session with Year 10.
The session focused on helping students identify improvements they could make to the way they approach their learning using the practical strategies and techniques outlined in order to maximise their academic results in their final years of school.
Time management was addressed in relation to dealing with distractions, beating procrastination, managing time efficiently and using a diary and term planner as planning tools. The session also gave advice on how to set up and maintain an effective home study environment and how to manage both the paper and digital resources for school. Finally, specific study skills were covered, including how to make brain-friendly study notes and using active learning styles which best suit each individual.
It was recommended that each time students finish a topic at school they should then spend some time at home over the next week working on creating a set of study notes or summaries for that topic. Organising the information is the first stage of exam preparation and students should not wait until exam time to start this process – it should be ongoing throughout this year. The school holidays offer students a good opportunity to get themselves up-to-date on their study notes.
Parents are encouraged to review and discuss the handout from the session with students and identify practical changes they can make to improve their approach to learning in the senior years. The ‘Study Skills Tips for Parents’ website (http://studyskillstoptipsparents.com/) provides additional advice for parents needing more information. The skills of resilience, persistence and self-discipline are probably the most important skills that parents need to nurture in their senior students.
All secondary students and parents at our school also have access to a comprehensive and interactive study skills website to help students develop their skills. Go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and enter the username: plc and the password: 200results and start improving your results today! Additional handouts referred to during the session are available on the ‘Things to Print’ page of this site. Also visit the ‘Highlights’ page, under the ‘More’ menu, for easy access to the most popular sections of the site.
Remember students you can also download the slides from the session from www.enhanced-learning.net using the details provided at the back of your handout.