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Study Guide

This study guide is designed for students and parents to support them through the study required at high school.  Follow the links to fact sheets on various tasks students will be required to complete whilst at ADHS:

Essay writing tips

Maths tips

Public speaking tips

Keeping a reading journal

Writing Science practical reports


How to Study

1. WHERE? In a quiet place, with the light shining over your left shoulder, not straight into your eyes.

2. WHEN? Construct a regular study timetable. Be strict about it, or you will lose the habit. Ask your teachers how much time you should spend on each subject.

3. HOW SOON? NOW! Don't leave it until the end, or you will find there is too much to do in a short time. You will find out if you are best suited to study in the morning or at night.

4. EXHAUSTED ALREADY? Rest is important. Research shows that you can learn more if you work for forty minutes and rest for ten.

5. MOTIVATION! Be determined. Teach yourself to concentrate on something you know and understand. Concentration comes from practice and it means you have to make an effort. It is more like going for a hike rather than watching a TV program about nature. You have to do some sweating.

6. ACTION! Drawing maps is better than looking at them. Teaching someone else is also better than having them teach you. Writing a practice answer is better than reading one. Closing the book and trying to remember is better than just reading it over.

7. THE FIVE SENSES! Use them. You can read aloud. You can listen. You can discuss things with your friends. You can draw, write and make diagrams. Be creative!

8. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE! When you think you are becoming jaded in one subject, CHANGE! Don't study one literature subject (such as History) straight after another (such as English).

9. ROYBGIV. The first letters of the colours of the spectrum make a little formula which helps us to remember things. So does "Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit" (Ask your Music Teacher). There are plenty of them. Find out about the ones you need.

10. ONE MORE TIME! Revision starts now, not just before the next test. If you read over your day's work each night, you will find it easier to recall when you go over it later.

TO SUM IT UP - Use as many ways of revising as you can because we remember
20% of what we read
30% of what we see
40% of what we hear
50% of what we say
60% of what we do
90% of what we see, hear, say and do

 

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