Helping you every step of the way

Whether you’re  a seasoned revision pro or struggling under the weight of exam pressure, the HP Study Guide corner is designed to help you with your studies every step of the way. There’s even a helpful section for parents, too.

Effective timetable management:

A lot of students have their own way to develop timetables, but I always recommend a basic three-level approach:

Level 1: Your school term

Think about your whole school term as one large chunk of time and reflect on the subjects, issues and themes you’re going to have to learn about in preparation for your next set of exams.

Level 2: Your weekly schedule

Be conscious of how much time you have on a week-to-week basis to study versus other commitments, including your class time, time to rest, key events that occur in the week, and your daily study log.

Level 3: Your daily schedule.

What subjects are you going to tackle today? When are you going to find time for breaks? It is important to map out your day from beginning to end, so that you can stick to your schedule and meet your goals.

Time to knuckle down:

Use printed notes to organize your thoughts.

A lot of research shows that printed notes can be a lot more useful than working from a textbook or a computer screen, which can often be quite a passive activity.

A couple of quick techniques for using printed notes include:-

•Develop a colour coding system

This is a really useful way for you to have an at-a-glance ability to see how much more work you have to do, how much more you have to remember, or how on top of material you are.

•Use selective highlighting

It’s much easier to remember notes you’ve annotated or marked, and this is where printed notes really come into their own.

Use a highlighter to mark the essential themes or words.

Workplace 6 November 2013.