Your exams are approaching and you have no
idea how to start. First you need to make sure you know exactly what you need
to cover. Look at your achievement standards for that. Now write a list of all
the broad areas you find difficult and cover one at a time. Look at the
sections for the topic. If you would like a section added to or have a question
you cannot answer write a note on Facebook and it will be answered as soon as
possible. Use mark schedules as much as possible.
Become familiar with the language the marker is looking for. It is
better to use the correct terminology than memory dumping pages of
At the bottom of the page are some videos to help you that are based on a American university student but it has some great messages.
ESA who make great textbooks have made this
free study planner.
http://www.effectivestudy.org/ - A great site covering a lot of useful areas of how to study effectively.
Awesome site for all of your sciences.
NCEA Biology - Old exams and mark
Great for Schol students.
one-stop site for achieving in NCEA maths, science, and English. Find what you
need to know, contact subject teachers, and get encouragement from other
With Exams: A practical guide to handling exam stress from
Study: Basic techniques for listening and learning in a
Study Guide Zone: A study resource
directory including hints on essay writing, learning types, study skills and
classroom learning help.
tips: A great site with all sorts of tips on how to
concentrate, learn and write better!
Motivation Quotes (thanks to the person who emailed these and I think they were originally from Cambridge High School.
Motivation involves believing in your own ability and taking action to maximise
"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand
in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well
put that passing time to the best possible use."
"When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word
"succeed," you find that it simply means to follow
"Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above
the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a
little bit more.“
"People can become anything that they want to become. Everyone has the
ability - all that is needed is the will, a plan, and the power to put that
plan into action.“
"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day
when you lounge around doing nothing; its when you had everything to do, and
you've done it."
"It's the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are
you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make
you more effective? You are probably only one step away from
"You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your
Make your goals SMART:
Specific – make sure your goals match where you need to be in relation to your
short term plans and as part of your longer career plan
Measurable – how will you know once you have reached your goals
Achievable – base your goals around your personal capabilities and
Realistic – make your goals those you are willing and motivated enough to
Time frame – leave yourself enough time to obtain them and plan for what needs
to be done when
Write your goals down and return to them often to check your progress.
Realise that gains are made step by step and celebrate whenever your goals are
started – that is always the most difficult
2.Organise my material before I study
3.Study in good light – prevent your eyes from
4.Find an area to study that is comfortable and
5.Put all important information up high – visual
memory is the most powerful just above eye level
6.Study the information that I don’t know
7.Study my most important information first …
and last – I am more likely to remember this information
8.Review my notes one day after learning them –
this is the most important tip to help remember things
9.Make my information stand out – use colours, make
pictures, highlight, make up mnemonics etc
10.Say affirmations daily – positive statements
to improve attitude and self belief
Repeat – read, copy and write again with notes
hidden. Repeat this again within a short time than the next day and the next
Reviewing – read over study notes the next day
and add to them if necessary
Concentrate – intense focus on small areas with
Break down topics – study single concepts at a
Teaching – explain your notes and answers to
Group work – practice questions with other
Mnemonics – make easy to remember words to
Visuals – make diagrams and pictures to help
Practice papers – use past exam papers to become
familiar with the types of questions asked
Lists of common questions – look over a number
of past papers and write down the most common questions asked