Study Skills and Yucky Words

April 12th, 2017

Author: Kate Hardiman

Organisation.Time management. Homework.

Three yucky words for all students (and their teachers).

Some students can get lost with these yucky words. This isn’t because they’re ‘bad’ at school, more likely, they might not have learnt how best to study yet. Actively learning study skills can help students to grow their independence and confidence towards their school work. Plus it means that teachers and parents nag less too!

CATS participants are entering Year 8 and this is a great time for creating study habits. The CATS team have put together a few ideas to help students get started with a new year at school.

1. Everyone knows the saying, ‘practice makes perfect.’ This applies to studying too. The more often you give it a go and the earlier in school you start practicing the better you’ll get at knowing what study techniques work for you.

2. Increase your motivation for study by making a specific goal that means something to you. Think about what is important to you, what you enjoy doing, what other people say you are good at. Then, the hard part is working out how all these good things might fit in with a goal to build study habits.

3. Break big goals into smaller and more manageable targets. Instead of learning how to do all sorts of study techniques straight away, you might like to pick one skill to practice over a fortnight. Once you’ve mastered that skills, try out another one. This way you can build up a collection of study skills over time.

4. Tell someone about your study habits goal. This could be a friend, a teacher, or someone in your family. By sharing your goals you will have someone in your corner to encourage you along the way and help you if you get stuck.