Sometimes students feel that they don’t seem to have the TIME to do all that has been asked of them. They also feel that they have to rush things so that they’re not as well done as they’d like. Below are some tips to help students find a balance between home and school commitments.
Planning your time
Make use of diaries and/or year planners to note your commitments and any special events.
Be prepared to organise your use of time so that you study when you get most from it, rather than when you have spare time. Be fresh, be committed, be concentrated. Don’t start after the movie at 11pm Friday night.
When you get feedback from teachers, friends and family, list content and skills that you are great in or need improvement in. Here you are identifying your strengths and not-so-strengths.
Try to make a particular place at home your designated study area – preferably a quiet location.
Take the time to keep your study area clear of distractions and clutter.
Settle down to work quickly once you have made the decision to work.
Not clear about something? Teachers are there to help. They like to see you do well. Ask them.
Participate in class discussions and activities. Don’t be afraid to say what seems obvious to you. To someone else, it may be a revelation.
Make regular summaries of your class notes. Make these summaries as soon after the session as possible, and review them soon.
When you read, make some notes. This should help you to understand the material.
Notes should be made in point form. First time round, don’t make them too tidy: let the neatness come out of your review of the jottings.
Develop the habit of using a dictionary to check unknown words.
Always keep in mind the value of practice. Essays, problem-solving, multiple choice selection and short-answer questions are the most common forms of assessment.