Wholeschool Portal | Home 15 November 2018
 Study Guide

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”’


“Planning and preparation prevents poor performance”


First of all, remember to look after your brain

  • Drink plenty of water, eat fruit and vegetables and get plenty of sleep
  • Give your brain a rest after each revision session
  • Learn difficult topics in the morning, this is when your brain works best
  • Stimulate your brain using mind maps, diagrams, colours and images
  • Remember to take plenty of physical exercise, even a short walk each day
  • To succeed you need to get information into your long term memory, you do this my revising and repeating information and going back to review and test yourself
  • Don’t distract your brain, revise in a quiet place free from distractions
  • After 30 minutes of learning take a short break
  • Use revision strategies that work best for your learning style
  • Set targets for your revision eg ‘at the end of the revision session I will know how to’
  • Be positive, work hard and do your best


The best study tips to help you achieve your full potential

Exams – they can stress even the most organised of students, but they don’t have to.  With a little preparation you can do well in all your exams,  the trick is to start early.  That’s why we are talking exams NOW.  GCSE exams are just around the corner. 


Give yourself plenty of time

Cramming doesn’t work,  it just doesn’t.  When you start to study weeks ahead you are giving yourself plenty of time to study everything.  It also gives you time to ask questions about anything you don’t fully understand. 


Use a study timetable

Drawing up a study timetable is one of the best organisational tools you have to help prepare for your exams and remember to stick to it. 

  • Make a list of all your subjects and topics that need to be learnt
  • Allocate time each day to each subject, hardest subjects in the morning
  • During the exam period allocate more time to prepare for the next day exam
  • Remember don’t learn what you already know, focus on what you don’t know





  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
12.45-1.45 Lunch, listen to music, exercise
5.30-7.00 Dinner, exercise, relaxation



Set up a study stadium

This an area where you can leave your notes, your pencils and your dictionary.  Someplace where you are comfortable and where there is little distraction-that means no TV or blaring music!


Get prepared

Collect all your notes, past papers and marks schemes for each subject and put these in a separate folder for each subject.


Make your own notes

Look at the chapter or unit or section.  What are the titles, heading and subheadings?  Are there any key words?  Write these down.  These key words are great indicators to help you know what the material is about.


Remember command words

Know the command words from the past paper questions eg know the difference between describe, list, evaluate.  The best revision is centred around past paper questions.


Put it in your own words

This is known as paraphrasing and it’s a great technique to help you really understand the material.  Memorisation and note repetition?  That’s for robots?  You need to understand the material to succeed!


Cover, recite and check

But how do you paraphrase?  It’s as easy as reading over a page, a paragraph or a sentence, then covering it up and saying it back in your own words!


Don’t study the stuff you know well

Start with the most challenging topics and move on from there.  There is no point studying material that you are confident you know.  A quick review to make sure you remember everything is enough.


Make classroom time active learning time

The best study tip is one that doesn’t even involve studying but happens way before studying-in the classroom.  The secret to easy studying is to be an active learner in the classroom.  Raise your hand.  Ask questions.  Participate in discussions.  Don’t just sit and wait for the teacher to teach you, get involved in learning!  The more responsibility you take for your education, the easier learning and studying will be.