How to Study Successfully

To achieve success you will need to use a variety of approaches, such as those below. Talk these through with your parents/carers, form tutor or teacher.

Listening skills

  • Concentrate on what is being said and ignore other noise.
  • Ask questions if something is not clear.
  • Listen for the meanings and ideas behind words.

Take notes

  • Write down only important ideas and facts.
  • Use your own words rather than those of the teacher wherever you can. Break the notes up into sections with headings.
  • Number the major points or use mind maps or diagrams to capture the main ideas.

Manage your time

  • Be ready for the start of lessons.
  • Use your planner – record home learning promptly.
  • Set priorities for your work.
  • Set yourself deadlines.
  • Break large tasks into short, manageable units.

Revision skills

  • Prepare and stick to a revision timetable.
  • Revise in short bursts; stop when your mind begins to wander.
  • Try underlining, highlighting or taping your notes.
  • Work through examples of exam questions/tasks.

Online resources

The college has found the following resources to be particularly helpful:

Revision guides

Co-ordination Group Publications
www.cgpbooks.co.uk or 0870 750 1252
Price £2 from college or £2.50/£3.50 from shops.
Titles in most National Curriculum areas.

Useful online resources

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In addition to the general resources listed below, each subject area also includes lists of useful websites for the individual subjects.

General resources

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