Top 10 Study Tips

Do you find study hard work? You’re not alone. But help is at hand. These tips have been used by some of our most successful students. Try them and see how you go.

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Write down the goal you want to achieve and display it prominently above your desk. This helps you focus and having your reason, front of mind, might motivate you to study harder.


Clear your study area of non-study related distractions: mobile phone, toys (that means your iPod!), non-study related books and magazines, photo frames (unless the photo motivates you to be a more productive studying machine) and other junk. Your room should contain only what you need to study well.


Rather than just allocating a time frame to study, say 7pm to 10pm, allocate time to sit down and get through a certain amount of work. Having a designated workload means that you have a result-orientated goal. This minimises any time wasting during the ‘allocated study hours’.


Find the best time of the day/ night when you are most productive. Do your low-brain activities (easy tasks/subjects) when you are not in your zone of effectiveness and plan your high-brain activities (the trickier ones) when you are in the zone!


Working smarter means working harder. Unfortunately, there are no short-cuts and the marks you receive at the end of the year generally correspond to the amount of work you put in.


Regardless of the amount of work you set out to accomplish in your holidays, you need to plan for it. Whether you choose to do no work at all, a little bit, or study 10 hours a day every day, the trick is evaluating which approach suits and works for you.


It’s one thing to know your subject material, but knowing it in great detail and having it committed to memory is how you will excel. To raise yourself above the learning stage and start to master the concepts, you need to commit to going the extra mile, be an effective note taker, understand how all the information fits in together and be able to quickly tailor and reproduce information.


Aim to know everything you need to know, in the detail you need to know, prior to the exam. Sound like a dream exam day? It needn’t just be a dream if you plan properly.


Develop a simple routine to have a light, healthy breakfast and ensure you stay calm. Once you are in the exam room, focus and regain your calm. When you are allowed to start on your paper, look at the questions and ration your time, read the question carefully and re-read before answering. Always spend 5 minutes planning your essays before starting to write.


By monitoring your stress levels, managing your mental and physical wellness and having a healthy social life you are creating a study/ life balance.

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Kids and family are involved in the transition to High School.

For the almost teens making that jump from primary to high school can be a big deal. If the family works together it can mean a lot less stress all round.

Your kids will probably be experiencing a mixture of emotions ranging from excitement to a sense of loss and even fear. The move from primary to high school is confusing in many ways. Kids have to deal with both endings and sadness while at the same time anticipating new beginnings, this may include feelings of excitement and nervous anticipation. Old friends may be left behind and the fear of the unknown looms ahead.

Even for well adjusted children this can be a daunting experience. If your child is struggling in other ways due to family disruption, moving to a new location, falling behind in their school work or other problems the thought of all the change involved with high school can be daunting. However, there is plenty you can do to make this a positive experience for your child.

  • Do some research yourself so you can understand the emotions your pre-teen may be experiencing
  • Remember, kids don't always know how to express their feelings, they may act out in other ways instead of talking about how they are feeling
  • Put yourself in their shoes - think back to your first day at high school.
  • Make sure they are confident in their school work. Its important that reading and maths skills are up to standard before they enter high school
  • Ensure you are ready as a family - take care of the practical things such as uniforms, books and school bags.
  • Be patient! It may take time for your pre-teen to adjust to their new environment.

Get Ready for School

Kip McGrath has developed a specialised programme to help pre-schoolers transition to 'big' school. Many of our centres offer this programme at key times of the year Parent Fact Sheet

Give your child the confidence to succeed.