The results of poor study skills are wasted time, frustration, and low or failing grades. No two people study the same way, and there is little doubt that what works for one person may not work for another. But what works for everybody is creating a timetable.
Creating a timetable will help in the following ways:
help you to organise your time
make sure that you are studying equally for all subjects
allow you to keep track of your studying
make you follow it!
And don’t forget that a timetable can be revised and modified according to your needs. Don’t go into too much detail by timetabling every minute of the day. Organise each day into blocks such as “free time”, “homework time”, “guitar practise”, “exam revision”, “meal time” and “TV time” for example.
The time slots given for each block can also be changed and you can delete/add blocks into the timetable at different times of the year. You must understand that your timetable is to help you develop good study habits. Once you have developed them, timetable construction becomes easier. Note that you should not be studying continuously for more than 30 minutes. Make sure you incorporate a 5 minute break in between study periods.
So spend 5 minutes of your time today to make up a timetable and STICK TO IT! It will save you more than 5 minutes of your time in the long run. This poster has some good tips.
I never thought that a student could improve their reading age by 2 years after just 14 weeks of tuition. And I didn’t discover this until I started teaching at Kip McGrath.
The reading scheme we use is the best in the world in my opinion, and without telling you the trade secrets, here is how it works:
- teaching the child how to break down a word into sound groups (phonemes)
- drilling words over and over again
- drilling high frequency sight words to improve visual recognition of words. A sight word is to be recognised without being broken down into syllables and phonemes. For example the word “the” is a sight word because it cannot be “sounded out” as “t”, “huh” and “eh” and put together again.
- understanding what the sight words mean and using them in sentences.
I believe that if parents and teachers stick to the above 4 techniques when teaching reading, then progress will be much quicker.