I would like to introduce 3 study hacks to help our students prepare for the challenges of Term 2.
Term 2 will build up in workload and assessments for most students. It is the Term where exams will happen, and most assessments will build up to finish the first semester.
The earlier we know the landscape of Term 2, the more prepared we become in dealing with challenges.
What are study hacks? They are non-standard study methods that aim to help a student in managing their academic activities. A search on the internet will reveal some effective study methods that may not be included in a normal study guide but as equally effective. The three I would like to share are:
Tip 1: Weekly Review
The weekly review is generally 30-60 minutes of quiet time for a student to open their diary and do a quick scan of their commitments for the coming week. They can also look at their assessment schedules for their subjects to flag any looming assessments. Students can also use this time to scan the next two weeks. This routine can be done on Sunday nights before the week starts. The purpose of the weekly review is to help students identify priorities for the week ahead and prepare for upcoming challenges (Getting Things Done by David Allen)
Tip 2: Distributed Practice
This is a learning strategy that has been found to be a most effective study method. It refers to reviewing the same content several times long after the learning event took place as opposed to immediately following the event. This method of study is spaced over a period of time and has been shown to be more effective than cramming. Please refer to the links below to investigate it further:
Hack 3: Pomodoro Technique
This is an effective method of study to overcome inertia or procrastination. Essentially it is done in quick sections of time with breaks in between to help students maintain focus and concentration as opposed to long study sessions. Typically, a Pomodoro will take 20-25 minutes with a 2-minute break. Details on this technique can be found at the link below:
There are more study hacks available on the web, but at the end of the day students need to learn to look after themselves through good nutrition, exercise, and rest. Rest is important, and I would like to encourage our students to take a day of rest from study once a week to engage in other pursuits and nurture relationships with family, friends, and God. It is a habit that provides restoration and support for the coming week.