10 study tips for senior students

Do you want to take a guess as to what the top 10 study tips for senior students are?  When a student gets to their senior years at school they should be implementing the following tips right from the beginning of the year up until the end when exams are over.

If a student hasn’t started this year, then it is not too late to get back on track but they must make a start now!

Here are 10 study tips for senior students on what they should be doing throughout the year leading up to exams:

  1. Staying up to date – it is important that students keep up to date with their ongoing course work and assessments.  It is much easier mentally if they are on top rather than trying to play catch up.
  2. Having effective notes – students need to ensure their notes for each of their subjects and topics are up to date.  Their notes should be detailed, make sense and even summarised as they go.
  3. Testing themselves regularly – students should be regularly testing themselves to determine what they do and don’t know.
  4. Determining what they don’t know – students should focus on and spend time learning what they don’t know.
  5. Creating revision tools – it is important for students to create revision tools as they go and not just at exam time.  These can help with point 3 above, and be reused over and over.
  6. Don’t just spend time reading – reading is a passive study strategy. Whilst it still needs to be done, students should be implementing more active study strategies to assist them with their revision.
  7. Image of student seeking help from a teacher which is one of the 10 tips for senior students on what they should be doingImplementing feedback – students should be regularly taking on board feedback from teachers after every piece of work or assessment.  This should occur regardless of whether they get and A or a D, to ensure they understand where and how they can improve.  There is always room for improvement unless they are getting 100% on everything!
  8. Seeking help – when a student realises they don’t understand something, they need to seek assistance from their teachers.
  9. Being able to apply their learning – students need to ensure they learn what they need to (and not just memorise it) so that it stored in their long term memory.  Students can usually apply their knowledge more effectively during assessments and exams.
  10. Looking after themselves – it is important for students to look after themselves both physically and mentally during their senior years.  This usually means getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising and finding balance between studies and other activities.

As a student it is important to make time for all of the above 10 study tips.  By putting in the effort and implementing all these activities, it will assist a student with their end of year exams and to avoid cramming (which usually is not effective for many students).

For further information on how, as an academic life coach and through my student success program, I equip students with all of the above tools & strategies, and more to assist them succeed, please get in touch – you can also reach me on 0409 967 166.