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Top Study Skills Tips for a New Year

Date Published: 24/01/2021

Welcome back to all of our students! We recommend that you work through the units on throughout this year to help you build skills and learn techniques to become more effective learners. 

We encourage all students and parents to log into the site and browse the units to become familiar with the topics covered.

Also click on THINGS TO PRINT after you log in, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find lots of useful grids and planners to help you.

 Top five tips about making the most of your time at school this year and working efficiently at home.


There are two types of work in secondary school. The compulsory work that your teacher tells you to do, and independent learning that you are expected to do when you have no homework. You can print a handout that will give you examples of the types of things you are supposed to be doing for school when you have no homework.


If you want to still have a life, but get your home learning done (for most students this will be 1-2 hours per night) then you need to work smart. Keep your personal life and schoolwork separate. Don’t do work in front of the TV, SWITCH OFF YOUR PHONE and take a little break from social media. Work in half-hour blocks and focus only on your schoolwork during that half-hour block. If you are super busy with lots of activities then a great idea is to draw up a timetable for the week and allocate time for schoolwork over the week.

You might like to visit these units on the site:

Time Management Skills

Dealing with Distractions

Overcoming Procrastination


Being organised makes your life easier! So have an organised space to work in, record homework in your diary, keep track of completed work and reschedule work not done. When you are told about a test or an assignment, plan the work out to be done over the available time. Make the most of your time in class, being organised and focused in the classroom means you will find it easier to complete your work and work on big things like assessments at home.

Check out these units on the site:

Home Study Environment

Organisation and Filing

Managing Workload

Using Class time


If you don’t understand something, ask for help. The sooner the better. If there isn’t time in class see your teacher before or after class or during the break times. No-one expects you to do things on your own. One of the most important contributors to being successful academically is to ask for help often and early. See if your school offers extra support or has a homework help service. And don’t forget family and friends, they might know more than you think!

There is a unit on the site all about:

Asking for Help


If you still think that to study for a test you just read your book over and over, time to learn how smart people study!  The main things to remember about study for a test are: Make study notes or summaries first (write down in point form what you need to learn), learn these notes not just by reading but by testing yourself on them and do as many different questions as you can as practise.

You can learn more from these units:


Active Studying

Preparing for Exam Blocks

Test-Taking Techniques

Your Brain and Memory

You may also like to check out all of the skills units and technology units.


So learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on . See the iCentre staff for login details. 


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