Students sometimes ask ‘what is the best way to study?’ The answer is: there is no best way.
An important lesson for students to learn is that everyone learns in different ways, everyone has different approaches and preferences, and what works well for one person may not work well for another. This truth applies to all aspects of effective learning – time management, research skills, writing skills and so on.
There are certainly good techniques and strategies available in all of these areas, and also approaches that work well for the majority of students. However, it is essential that all students try different techniques to see what works best for them.
Preferences could also change over time, so it makes sense to at least once a year stop and reflect on approaches to learning. What did you do, what worked, what didn’t, what should you change, what should you keep, and what new things could you try.
This is what ‘metacognition’ is all about. It means taking the time to try and understand more about the process of learning and your role as a learner. Students who take a metacognitive approach to their learning are much more likely to improve their results.
How can you find out different study techniques to try? Talk to the people around you – friends, siblings, parents – ask them what techniques they have used. Also ask your teachers what they would recommend for their subject. You can also visit the unit on the ELES Study Skills Handbook (via the Study Samurai found on the AISHK OLP, Secondary Library page) that covers how to study for tests and exams. You will find lots of active studying strategies and grids to help you plan for exams.
Just remember – there is a worst way to study – just reading your notes over and over and hoping the information stays in your head!
The AISHK subscription details to this online study skills and well-being website, for secondary school students, are found on the OLP Secondary Library page.
Our Study Skills Workshop for Year 7-10 students and their parents is Tuesday September 11, 6.30pm-8.00pm. Dr Prue Salter will be reviewing best practice for highly developed study skills techniques.
Please register your attendance via the School APP, to help us have all the materials in place.
Howard West | Head of Secondary