STUDY SKILLS TIP #78 – MID YEAR CHECK UP

by psalter on June 29, 2016

As we approach the second semester now is a good time for students to do a bit of a check-up to see if they can improve their approach to school. Here are some questions you can ask your students:

  • Have you set yourself goals to strive for over this year? YES / NO
  • Do you know what motivates you to do work? YES / NO
  • Do you try to take a positive approach to your studies? YES / NO
  • Do you make an effort to make the thoughts in your head positive ones? YES / NO
  • Are you making the most of class time, listening and focusing and completing all work? YES / NO
  • Have you been asking for help if you don’t understand something? YES / NO
  • Have you been writing all your homework into your diary or online planner and getting it done? YES / NO
  • Have you been breaking down bigger tasks and scheduling the work in your diary/planner? YES / NO
  • Have you been keeping track of what you complete and rescheduling unfinished work? YES / NO
  • Have you organised your folders for papers and digital resources for school? YES / NO
  • Do you have folders or somewhere at home to file away all your work for your topics? YES / NO
  • Have you decided what you will keep or do your study notes in? YES / NO
  • Have you been working on study notes each time you finish a topic for a subject? YES / NO
  • Do you have a term planner above your desk where you can easily see the heavy weeks? YES / NO
  • Have you set up a good study environment at home, a place where you can focus and work? YES / NO
  • Are you doing around an hour and a half of schoolwork most nights (2-3 hrs for seniors)? YES / NO
  • Have you thought realistically about whether you have too many outside school activities? YES / NO
  • Have you allocated set periods of time for school work (eg at least 3 x half hour blocks)? YES / NO
  • Do you remove all distractions etc. when you are focusing on your schoolwork at home? YES / NO
  • Do you prioritise each afternoon what you will work on that night? YES / NO
  • When you make study notes, are you making them visual with mind maps, highlighting etc? YES / NO
  • When you study for a test, do you both ‘learn’ the content and ‘practise’ the skills? YES / NO
  • Do you try to do lots of the practise under examination conditions? YES / NO
  • Have you reviewed the different study techniques that you should use for your learning style? YES / NO
  • Are you doing more than ‘just reading’ when you study for an assessment? YES / NO
  • Have you thought about how you will overcome the obstacles you face in achieving your best? YES / NO
  • Have you set up some routines to try and create habits that will help you this year? YES / NO

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how students can achieve their personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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1st Proof:

It’s a good idea for students to relocate from their work space for this. For example, they could take their assignment to a park or another room – somewhere they will sit with new focus for a set time. Students should go to this place with the sole purpose to proof. Ensure they take the criteria along – what the question is asking. The first proof needs to take into account the following factors.

  • WORD COUNT: Is the word count assessment within the specified limit? If it is not, note how many words need to be cut.
  • SPELLING / GRAMMAR: Spelling and grammar need to be correct. If using a computer, spell check will help – but students should not just rely on it. For example, they might have typed ‘from’ when they meant ‘form’. The spell check won’t pick that up.
  • SOURCES: Are all sources listed for visuals, examples and quotes?
  • CRITERIA / QUESTION ANSWERED? Check the criteria and tick where the criteria has been addressed. This will ensure the assignment answers everything asked.
  • REPETITION: It’s easy to repeat points, double check this hasn’t happened.
  • USEFUL INFORMATION: It’s not uncommon to write unnecessary information. Are there points that don’t really answer the question? Is it written clearly? Is there any information that could be left out? Is there any information that needs to be added?
  • REINFORCE: This is where students need to finalise which words they will bold, highlight, underline etc. so the assignment clearly identifies the main points. Bolding can let the teacher see clearly that they overed all the parts of the question, that there is a sequence of ideas and students have organised the information well.
  • FIX: Make sure that when students are back at their desk that they fix all of the errors they found.

2nd Proof:

The next day students should repeat the above steps, but this time – READ THE ASSIGNMENT OUT LOUD! If they didn’t print their assignment to proof the first time, now could be the time. Reading and hearing the words spoken in different mediums can sometimes give a new perspective to their writing. Students should note down any changes that they need to make, and make them.

3rd Proof:

It’s always a good idea to have someone do a final check on the assignment. It is common for the writer not to pick up typos or silly mistakes because he/she knows what they meant and sees the words they intended to write, and not the errors. So students should recruit a proof reader (parent, relatives, older sibling or friend etc.).

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how students can achieve their personal best at school by working through the units on the site. There is a whole unit on Assignment Skills. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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