Advice for College

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Advice for College

Summary:
1) celebrate your achievements
– watch being anxious only about marks
– watch stress & self-inflicted pressure
– watch isolating yourself from friends & interests – balance is important
– use the time to work together with others (students, teachers, mentors, tutors)
– keep active
– student says:
– get chatty / talk aloud / talk/record notes
– be able to understand & explain in your own words
– talk to parents / carers about your studies
– do what you love – choose subjects you love
– for those subjects you do not like, try & pick parts you do
– discover your learning styles – visual, aural, oral, reading, tactile

Stress Busters
– change unhelpful thinking styles
– how we think affects how we feel & behave
– we can sometimes interpret how we feel to be reality
– get organised
– develop routines
– healthy eating, sleep, exercise, alcohol consumption
– procrastination & perfectionism
– both lead to avoidance – which is unhelpful
– challenge unhelpful thinking
– for procrastination:
– commit to study
– study with a peer
– get parents/siblings to check in on you
– set rewards for yourself for sticking to study & assignment schedules
– use study grazing techniques – 10 mins/5 mins off & repeat; or Pomodoro Technique
– if a perfectionist (&fearing negative evaluation), tell yourself it is a “draft” & remind yourself that you are following a draft process to produce a final piece of work
– plan/allocate time & prepare early
– prioritise work on the basis of time/date due & how much the work (% wise) is worth
– chunk work
– practice relaxation

Anxiety before Exams
– remind yourself it is normal to feel anxiety & they can aid performance
– note your anxious feelings & try relaxation – such as slow breathing
– remind yourself that anxious feelings pass
– challenge unhelpful thoughts
– try not to get caught up in the last minute frenzy – try to stay calm & in control
– positive self-talk could also be useful – reminding yourself of your work to date

Exam Tips
1) double check the date & time of the exam
2) plan your journey, & leave plenty of time to get there
3) have the right equipment with you, including back ups such as pens & batteries for calculators
4) bring a bottle of water
5) leave phone outside
6) listen to what the teacher/examiner tells you
7) use a black pen
8) write as legibly as you can
9) stay calm & do your best

Study Tips for Families
1) Communication
– talk to adolescent & try & keep them calm
– assist with assignments – in terms of planning – guiding them through how to break it down into smaller parts
– keep door open to ongoing dialogue
2) Planning
– do a weekly planner with the adolescent – a view of what needs to be done
– make time for sport/exercise, social, relaxation & regular breaks such as cup of tea &/or walk round the lock
– regular wake-up times to make the most of the day/time available
3) Family
– some structured family times/outings may need to be sacrificed to cope with workloads
– keep family dinner times light
4) Food
– healthy snacks are best
– plenty of water
– healthy breakfast
5) Study Space
– own desk
– perhaps use library

9 Study Tips
1) colour-code notes
2) judicious use of highlighters
3) make posters/use whiteboards to aid learning/understanding
4) record notes on your phone so you can re-listen to them when on the bus
5) get a study buddy or study group – not a social group
6) share problems with friends
7) plan and chunk study into smaller pieces
8) do practice papers under times conditions
9) keep asking your teacher for feedback/help

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/hsc-study-guide-2017/

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