People tend to forget that sleep is the third dimension of health and wellbeing after exercise and a healthy diet. It is no surprise that more than half of Australians report that they don’t get enough sleep. Sleep experts recommend that adults get 7-8 hours sleep each night with teenagers needing up to 10 hours. With many students currently sitting their Year 12 exams, getting a good night sleep is as important as last minute study.”
Dr Christine Bennett, Chair, Medical Advisory Panel, Bupa Australia
If you are not getting enough sleep then you need to put some actions into place to turn this pattern around.
Studyvibe – Sleep provides some great ideas on how to improve your sleep patterns.
If you are in year 12 you will be gearing up for your exams. This is a perfect opportunity for you to monitor how you are going in your subjects. What are your areas of strength and more importantly which areas are you experiencing difficulty in? Use the results of these exams to identify the main areas you will need to focus in the ensuing month.
To give you specialised resources to help with your exams visit Countdown To Crunchtime.
If you are a high school student or a parent and / or teacher of high school students then Studyvibe is worth a visit. It is a rich repository of support materials to help students navigate their way through the challenges of high school. It is not cluttered with advertising and is free to all students.
- Have you analysed exactly what skills are required for each of your subjects?
- Do you know what your strengths and weaknesses are in each of your subjects?
- Do you know what are your ‘high stakes’ skills (the ones that will have the biggest impact on the most subjects – like essay writing).
Now is the perfect time to critically review what skills in each subject you will need to master. When you identify the weaker skills these can then be the focus of a targeted program for improvement. For example if you require essay writing in three of your subjects and you are not very good at it, this is a skill that you will need to plan time to develop and practice as part of your study routine (extra to your homework).
Use this Study Skills Audit to identify what skills are your strength and weakness.
Day Fourteen: How did you go?
You made it! Congratulations on making the effort to get yourself organised for the start of the year. One last challenge to go!
One of the most important things to be able to do when you study is to ‘check-in’ regularly with yourself and see how you are doing.
Today’s task s to go back over the last 13 challenges and reflect on how well you did.
- What are the things that you are managing very well?
- What things do you need to work on?
Anything that you have struggled with (or avoided doing) you might like to revisit until you feel you have mastered it. This kind of review should be done on a regular basis throughout the year.
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Day Thirteen: Know what kind of learner you are
Everyone learns differently…some people are more auditory, some kinaesthetic and some visual. If you know how you learn best then you can adapt your study program and the techniques you use to suit. For example if you are a visual learner you may learn best by drawing diagrams or mindmaps. If you are auditory you could record your text book on your ipod and listen to it as well as read it.
There are many different tools you can use to explore your learning style. Check out the list here.
Day 12: Use content curation tools to manage your websites
When you are ‘surfing the net’ looking for resources for your research assignments it is easy to lose track of useful sites that you find. You can bookmark them on your computer but then if you use another computer those bookmarks won’t be there. This is when a bookmarking App or Web 2.0 tool is useful because they will store your bookmarked websites ‘in the cloud’.
Here are five Bookmarking tools (or content curation tools) you can use:
Soop.it is a powerful way to not only curate your own topics but also keep up to date with what other people are curating. You can follow your favourite ‘Scoop.it’ curators and get regular updates when they post new resources.
Bag the Web
BagTheWeb helps users curate Web content. For any topic, you can create a “bag” to collect, publish, and share any content from the Web.
Bring your website choices into a pictorial canvas of your results. This is a great curation tool and has a great library of topics that have already been chosen.
Gooru lets you create collections of resources that you have found on the web. You can also see other collections and take quizzes that have been made by others.
Evernote is a way to capture, index and remember information using a computer, phone and the web. Students can take notes, capture favorite videos, save webpages, and collaborate on projects using Evernote.