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Throw your highlighter in the bin, here is a study guide that actually works

There are always those times of the term when things heat up and you’re genuinely hoping you get sick so you can miss school. Here’s how to get your ass into gear when push comes to shove and every subject is on your back.

Tips during the school week:

If you have time at school, do as much homework as you can.

I know it’s unheard of to actually study in a study period, but give it a go. Turns out, study periods are not free periods. You’ll regret not using them to actually study. If you know you have commitments that day after school, don’t waste the school day.

When you get home, list down all the homework received that day and cross it off as you go.

Lists = life.

If for some reason you couldn’t complete a homework task, write it on a sticky note and place it on your wall.

Make flash cards

Flash cards = also life.

Flashcards are hands-down the most effective way for students to study and retain factual knowledge , especially when they are used smartly.

The biggest tip is to make them yourself! There’s plenty of flash card apps and programs out there that will let you download pre-made decks – but writing them is actually part of the recall process.

The next-biggest tip is to keep it to one question per card.

So, make a few a day that summarise what you learnt in class – by the end of the year you’ll have a huge collection.

Go through the flashcards made that day and the flashcards made on the previous days. 

Equally important to being able to recall what you learnt that day, make sure you’re combining it with earlier work.

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On Friday afternoons, make your weekend to do list. 

You will thank yourself for it. Whip out that list of assessments/assignments and allocate 2 x 2 hour blocks to knock off at least two of these little assholes. Work ahead, you will feel much better.

Do your readings.

Text book reading is boring. So this is how to do it. Read one page. Write a summary of said page. Type up this summary. Print this summary. Spend 1 – 2 hours doing this.


Seriously, just do your homework the day you receive it, write revision notes, do your readings, write notes on those readings, make flashcards, knock out assignments as soon as you know they actually exist, go over flashcards every morning/afternoon, make use of spare time in class, stick to your schedule.

Sure, this all seems like a lot of work and it is about persistence and hard work, but psychologically, if you’re organised and feel like you have your head around things, it will be so much easier and possible to actually get your head around it all. School is meant to test you, but don’t let it get the better of you. You got this.

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