Senior Study Skills and Exam Hints

We Learn…
10% of what we READ
20% of what we HEAR
30% of what we SEE
50% of what we SEE and HEAR
70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS
95% of what we TEACH TO SOMEONE ELSE

- William Glasser

Setting up for study

Be Prepared

  • Go to all revision sessions for your subjects. Just because you think you know everything doesn’t mean that you actually do.
  • Have up-to-date course notes. If you don’t, ask your teachers for the latest versions or look for notes on the school website.
  • Know what is required for each subject exam (see following pages).

Planning for study

  • Set regular routines of study. For example, first 30 minutes when home from school, from 7pm to 8pm.
  • Choose a quiet, airy, well-lit place to study.
  • Don’t try to listen to your ipod, stereo, or TV; it distracts the brain and you’ll only remember the music, not the information.
  • Set study goals - Daily Goals - Weekly Goals - Long Term Goals
  • Know your deadlines.
  • Make a study timetable (see later pages).
  • Do a small amount of study on each subject every night. 10 minutes per subject per day 8 – 6 weeks out from exam, 20 minutes 6 – 3 weeks out from exam, 30 minutes in last 3 weeks


  • Have lots of breaks when studying e.g. break every 50 minutes for 10 minutes.
  • Eat healthy, sleep regularly and exercise. All nighters will just make you sleep in the exam.
  • Reward yourself regularly
  • If stressed, ask for help. Your teachers want you to succeed: ask them if you are stuck or can’t figure out an idea.

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