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Study Skills

Borrisokane Community College

What are study skills?


Techniques which help a

student with learning

Study Skills: Overview


Motivation
Rewards
Time Management
Reading for Learning
Memory Techniques
Organisation and Planning
Effective Listening
Note Taking and Use
Exam Preparation
Coping with Stress

Motivation
The driving force that spurs you on to stay

with the task especially when the going is


tough.
Sources:
enjoyment
wanting to learn more
fear of failure
achieving goals
reminding yourself why you are doing it
stepping stones

Rewards
Major goals not the only reward
Reward for reaching smaller target/milestone
E.g. Small treat trip to the cinema
Looking forward to these treats can be a good

incentive to work

Time Management
Making best use of time
Recommeded time including homework and

study
Year

Time per
day

Days per
week

Total
hours per
week

1st Years

1 hours

5/6 days

7
-9hours

2nd Years

2 hours

5/6 days

10-12
hours

3rd Years

2 hours

6 days

15 hours

5th Years

3 hours

6 days

18 hours

6th Years

3 hours

6 days

21 hours

Time Management
Getting balance right in how you spend time:
Good time management is a skill.
Personal needs + things you have to do +
things you want to do.

Reading for Learning


SQ3R Method
Survey survey the chapter, noting the titles,
headings, pictures, charts etc.
Question pose possible questions for yourself
Read read and look out for the answers
Recite flick back over, say out loud and make
summaries
Review after a ten minute break see how
much you can recall. Use the question section
at the end of the chapter.

Memory techniques
This is a skill we teach students.
E.g. Imagery and associations
Mnemonics
Alphabetical Lists
Mind Maps / Brainstorming

Organisation and
Planning
Organise your materials
Organise a proper place to study remove distractions
Plan your work- a revision timetable
Make lists and files
Study Groups
Dictaphone/Recording Device

Effective Listening
Full participation in class
Listening in class with a pen/ highlighter
Underlining key words
Writing in additional information teacher is

giving
Using post-it notes
Asking relevant questions in class for
clarification

Note Taking and Use


Brief
Clear
Understandable
Content
Organisation and Filing

Study Skills and Revision


Continued........
An Example of Note Taking
Hitlers plans for Europe were to destroy
the Treaty of Versailles that the German
people felt was unfair. He also wanted to
reunite Germany with Austria and create a
new powerful German empire, the Third
Reich.
Hitler also planned to conquer
Poland, Czechoslovakia and Russia and take
their lands for Germany. This would allow
the Germans become the Master Race.

Study Skills and Revision


Continued........
Bullet points
Destroy Treaty of Versailles.
Reunite Germany and Austria- the
Third Reich.
Conquer Poland, Czech and Russia.
The Master Race.

Exam Preparation
Prepare and plan in advance
Draw up a revision timetable
Condense notes
Practice memorising lists, dates etc
Know exam paper structure and marking

scheme
Prioritise and balance time
Identify where you need help
Organise materials for each exam in advance,
e.g. Caluclator, maths sets etc

e for Exam Revision

ay do 1 to 2 subjects for about 30 mins each.


Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Weekend do 3 to 4 subjects for 30 to 40 mins


Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Subjects

Time

Irish

Week 1

English

Week 2

Maths

Week 3

French/German

Week 4

History

Week 5

Geography

Week 6

Religion

Week 7

CSPE

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Coping with Exam Stress


Rest
Exercise
Diet
Relaxation
Keep it in perspective
Seek help

Questions????

Thank You.