Getting through Year 12 does not have to be an act of ‘survival’. Adopting some simple study techniques and being prepared can be all it takes to successfully navigate through the penultimate year of school.
As our 2017 Leavers embark on their final year of high school study, we have prepared ten survival tips for Year 12 students.
- Be prepared! This tried and tested motto is one which should be willingly adopted by all students … not just those in their final year of schooling. Being organised and having excellent time management skills will mean that you are prepared come ‘crunch time’.
- Take class notes that will successfully prepare you for an effective study and revision programme. Cornell University’s Note-taking System offers excellent advice about taking notes that will help students learn the content. This system relies on students forming questions and cues that will help to clarify material and prepare students for exams.
- Take a pro-active approach to revision and regular study. Taking class notes is pointless unless students revise the content regularly and set themselves study questions to help them practice exam situations and gain a more thorough understanding of classwork. Cornell’s model recommends at least ten minutes every week is dedicated to reviewing class notes. While there is no clear study timeframe that guarantees academic success, we recommend at least three hours per night overall and more at weekends.
- Plan for exams. Students should schedule a realistic programme of study that is determined by exam dates. Allowing adequate time to prepare is vital. But it can’t be all work and no play … be sure to allow time for breaks. We recommend allowing for a 15-minute break every hour.
- Sleep! We’re sure this is one tip that our young learners can readily get on board with! Maintaining healthy sleep patterns is important for retention – we recommend that teenagers get at least eight hours a night.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Eat regularly to ensure you have enough fuel to support your study needs. Choosing the right foods is also important. Food that is high in sugar will provide you with considerably less resources. Bananas and protein based snacks are a great source of fuel.
- Stay fit. Physical activity is a great stress reliever and keeps mind and body healthy. Participating in sporting activity stimulates the heart and lungs but also has tremendous effects on the mind.
- Prepare an appropriate area of study. All students need to ensure they have a dedicated work space that is ONLY used for study purposes. This area should be devoid of distraction, we recommend a clean, secluded work space with no access to music or electronic devices. The space should be designed to create a peaceful environment that is ideal for high levels of concentration. The location of the study environment is less important than the atmosphere.
- Find a healthy balance. Students need to ensure there is more to life than study. Participating in co-curricular activities that complement the study programme is vital to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Taking time out to play sport, watch TV, support community events and play or listen to music is critical to maintaining balance.
- Try not to stress. There is a lot of pressure on Year 12 students to perform. At Esperance Anglican Community School we want students to perform to their personal best, so that they may pursue their God given talents and become the best versions of themselves. Our small class sizes and strong pastoral care network mean that students can be supported in their endeavours. It’s important to reach out for help when it is needed.
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