Who best to share their study time management tips than those Trinity Grammar School scholars of 2018 who excelled in their final Year 12 examinations? While each person is unique and must find the study techniques and regime that work best for them, it can be useful to read about others’ strategies for managing time. We hope your son can pick up some tips and tricks to maximise his study and minimise his stress.
1. Maintain consistency
Maintaining consistency is key, “I think forward planning and pro-active action were the most useful things to me. I set myself three or four academic tasks to complete every night and made sure that I got them done,” said Marcus Buvac.
Steven Serb recommends maintaining momentum, “Grit your teeth and get through it. You just need to get into the swing of it all and ensure that you’re doing everything and not dropping off in certain activities.”
2. Develop a study schedule
Developing a study schedule gives you a plan to follow and ensures that you cover everything that you need to adequately. “I imposed a strict study-schedule, which meant that I had placed pressure on myself to reach small self-imposed deadlines for certain assignments and areas of study. I found that definitely helped motivate me to write the next hundred words or read the next chapter of a book. Punctuate study with small breaks to practice an instrument or exercise – this gives a sense of variety to the day to prevent boredom with study,” said Adam Nazha.
3. Set achievable goals
Setting attainable goals gives a sense of achievement that helps keep motivation levels up. Nicholas Pavic said alongside a study schedule, he would set goals, “I typically set myself daily goals, which allowed me to achieve my weekly goals, termly goals and eventually the goals I set each year for myself.” Eddie Azzi said, “Commit yourself to small portions of work at a time. This helped me to retain my focus whilst the work load increased.”
4. Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination can be a Year 12 student’s greatest enemy. Maintain consistency in your study so that it becomes a habit. Nicholas Testa elaborates, “It is really important to work consistently. Don’t leave things to the last minute otherwise you can get snowed under very quickly.” Remove mobile phones and other distractions from your workspace. “I solved my procrastination by studying in different places such as my dinner table and at the library while also taking mini breaks,” said Faybian Chow.
Prioritising tasks ensures the most important work gets completed. Jonathan Zheng recommends using props to help manage time, “I used a calendar with reminders, and a whiteboard in my room, where I would use a traffic light system, prioritising different tasks to be completed. Alexander Ciarroni recommends getting started on assignments early, “Take the initiative and start everything early to ensure you complete everything on time. You want to be able to reach the final stretch before exams without having to worry about assignments, so you can focus on giving your best performance in exams.”
6. Take regular breaks
Don’t deprive yourself from things you enjoy, such as sport, TV, social media or going out with friends. Instead, try to allocate small amounts of time for these activities to give you motivation to get through your study and use your time more effectively. Use them as a reward. “Continue to do the activities you find enjoyable and keep in contact with friends – it will really help,” said Calvin Li.
7. Be proactive not reactive
Approaching study proactively rather than reactively worked for Darren He, “The worst situation would be to get behind in workload as this would cause stress and stress would lead to lower efficiency, lower motivation and greater chance of error. So, I made sure to maximise my study time at home and on the weekend and planned these study times carefully.” Jeremy Adams adds, “Being proactive creates a lot of time!”
8. Choose optimal study times
Vasi MacMillan recommends using school holidays effectively. “I found in the lead up to these exams (which was generally during a holiday break) waking up quite early around 7.00am and working as soon as I woke up, was a good way to knock off large chunks of work while my mind was fresh. This is particularly important as it is easy to waste the holiday periods, but by starting early you will have room for leisure activities.”
At the start of each year, Trinity Grammar School contracts Enhanced Learning Services to speak to parents and boys about study, so that students can begin early to experiment with and implement study techniques, and parents know how best to support their sons through study.
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