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6 steps to productive studying at GCSE
Studying well and effectively can make a real difference to those GCSE results! Good study habits are well worth cultivating.
Time is one of the key factors that can make or break a study plan. Your child needs to be booking in slots to study on their visible timetable, just as they would schedule in a movie trip or football practice. Without this system in place study just gets crammed into spare moments and does not get the energy and focus it deserves. Allocated study slots at least a fortnight ahead will ensure it is given the time and attention required. Sometimes they will have to say no to other things in order to stick to their study plan and a timetable will make this much clearer.
Your child needs to know exactly what is expected of them in their exams and assignments. This needs to be clearly defined and constantly referred to as a guide for their study plan. If they are unsure they need to go back to their teacher for guidance. There is absolutely no point studying someting unnecessarily!
If each study time has a planned and specific goal it will give it purpose and be much more effective (as will the sense of achievement.)
Having a Productive Workspace
It is useful to have a defined and fit for purpose workspace. Working at the edge of a messy kitchen table 5 minutes before dinner is not the best scenario. Ideally your child would have a space of their own with their pens, paper and study books next to them and any other equipment they need within reach. A bottle of water, good light and a comfortable chair are all beneficial.
Somewhere to store study notes and exercise books is also really helpful. Some kids work well with background music, some like an open window, and others like the timer on. Really help your child tailor their work environment to what works best for them.
Neat and Organised Summary Notes
Neat notes that summarise their learning into clear simple points will be really worthwhile. The sooner they learn to make these the better as they will be invaluable for their revision and saves them hours. These need to be stored in a good system and completely legible in order to be most effective.
Do try and minimise distractions; music with words, a mobile phone, a rumbling tummy and a head full of worries will all interfere with studying! Social media can also be a problem particularly if they are working on their lap top. Blocking social media during study times will really help. There are apps you can download and programmes you can install that block any sites you like for a temporary period.
Most kids work best on their own but having a friend on speed dial who might be able to explain indecipherable notes or remind them how to do compound fractions will be a useful support to your child’s study. Why not help them identify a couple of hardworking friends who they can talk over their work with should they get stuck and have a little moan or mind map with every now and again. We all need work colleagues!
We hope your child's study time is productive and as stress free as it can be!