Info & Advice

Study Tips

1. Divide tasks into smaller portions.

E.g. If you have been given 5 Mathematics worksheets to complete in a week, target to complete 1 each day. It is a lot easier to complete 1 worksheet a day than to complete 5 worksheets at once!

2. Prioritise your tasks.

E.g. Today is Monday. You have been given 3 different sets of homework. Your Science school homework is due tomorrow, your Math tuition homework is due on Thursday, and you have an English test 2 weeks from today. This is how you can prioritise your tasks

  • 1st. Science school homework - Target to complete it by today (Monday).
  • 2nd. Math tuition homework – You can start this tomorrow (Tuesday). You have tomorrow and Wednesday to complete it.
  • 3rd. English test – After you have completed your other assignments, you can use the remaining time to prepare for your test.
3. Create a time-table and Follow it

A time table will help you to better plan your time. You can plan for your homework to be done at certain times of the day, and plan some rest time for yourself throughout the day. Rest time can be used to play, take a nap or do something that you enjoy. This will ensure that you have a balance between work and play. For instance, a time table for one day may look like this:

  Monday
7.30 – 1.00 School
1-1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.00 Shower
2.00 – 2.30 Rest
2.30 – 3.30 Homework/Revision
3.30 – 4.30 Nap time
4.30 – 5.30 Homework/Revision
5.30 – 7.00 Play time
7.00-8.00 Dinner
8.00 – 9.00 Homework/Revision
9.00-9.30 Television/Rest time
9.30 Sleep

4. Take short breaks of 5 to 10 minutes after every 30 to 45 minutes of studying.

You may feel tired after studying for 30 to 45 minutes. When that happens, it is all right to take a short break of 5 to 10 minutes. Look away from your books and stare at the scenery, close your eyes for awhile, or take a walk around the house. After taking a short break, we usually feel refreshed and are able to continue studying.

5. Stay focused on your tasks

In order to stay focused on your tasks, you will need to remove distractions. Some things which distract you can be a television programme, a computer game, or a sibling who wants to play with you. If the computer or television is near your study area, try to switch it off when you are studying, so that you will not be distracted. If you have a sibling who wants to play with you, patiently explain that you need to focus on your work and that you can play with him or her after that. If you are tempted to do something else when you are studying, remind yourself that you can do it later, after you have completed your work or when you are taking a break.