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Study tips for students in Year 7-10

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School Tips for Year 7–10 students

• Students’ notes have to be kept up to date and complete if they are to be good study aids for tests and exams. If a day of school is missed, students should ask a reliable friend for the day’s notes.
• Assignments have to be completed on time.
• Tests and exams become a way of life and students should learn how to prepare for them properly.
• Students must learn to work consistently, which means settling into a routine of study at home. Most students like to have a small break after school and then do some homework. A good parent tip is to make sure your child has a quiet spot to study without television blaring in the background. They can then have dinner and study afterwards. Research shows that the more homework students do, the more likely they are to succeed at school.

Student tips: Studying for tests

• Students should find out from their teachers exactly what topics are examinable and make note of this information in their diaries.
• The relevant textbook for the subject should be easily accessible at home. Parents can help their child with revision at home.
• Students’ notes should be complete and up to date.
• All assignments completed for the subject should be kept with the student at home to use for revision.
• When studying for a test, students should read through their notes, redo questions which they have answers to, and then check that they can do them correctly for the test. They should also read their textbooks and refer to them while studying, and try to complete extra questions if they can.

Student tips: Studying for Maths tests

For each section of work, students should first read through their notes explaining the relevant concepts, then practise actual questions and always check the answers. The more problems students practise, the better they will perform. Redoing questions for which they already have worked solutions will help, but the real study tip for students is choosing a range of problems—not just the easy ones.

Student tips: Studying for Science tests

To study for Science, students should follow the same procedure as for Maths. It is more difficult to complete large numbers of problems, but students should read all their notes thoroughly and make sure they understand the key concepts. Then they should redo the questions they already have answers to and mark them.

Student tips: Studying for English tests

Our main parent tip is to encourage your child to read more—not only novels and poetry, but newspapers, magazines and other publications on topics which interest them. This will improve their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Planning and organisational skills are important in English as a lot of work is assignment based and has to be handed in on time. Another important school tip is for students to keep good class notes and to review these and their assignments before tests.

Student tips: Studying for half-yearly and yearly exams

These exams are always a few weeks after the holidays. They test half a year’s work so students have to plan their study well in advance! The key tip for success is for students to have a solid study plan which is followed as closely as possible. They can do this by drawing up a study timetable outlining what subjects will be studied on which weeknights and on weekends. Study techniques for English, Maths and Science are described above. Students should keep a copy of all their test paper questions and marked test papers. This is useful for students to redo their tests and mark their answers.

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