• Start with the subject you enjoy
  • Move to one you like less.
  • Save your favourite subject for last

This way, you’ll feel confident when you start, which will help you during the more challenging subject and then you’ve got your favourite at the end as a reward

Make notes of the important points during class, and then rewrite them clearly in your own words. Be particularly alert for when your teacher says “This is important…”, “You’ll need this for your assignment/exams…” “Take care to…..” “Make sure you note/highlight this….”


Keep our papers and your folder well organised so you can quickly find everything and it’s all together in one place.


Use coloured pens/highlighters to emphasise what’s important and to link relevant points. Colour helps your brain to remember.


It is important to celebrate and reward yourself for study well done – and for the goals you have
achieved. Decide on the rewards ahead of time and put them on your Study Timetable.
Rewards don’t have to be big—just something which means a lot to you. You may want to talk to your parents about some of your ideas.

Lark or owl

How well do you know our best studying time? Do you like to get up early and get sleepy around 9.00p.m? You’re a lark. So get up early (5.00 is a good time) and do your exam studying then. Can’t get out of bed but never tired at night? You’re an owl. Your best study time is after dinner.

In class

Sit with the nerds and geeks. They will help you focus and can explain what you’re not sure of. Leave fooling around with your friends for lunchtime and interval.

Ask, ask, ask

The only dumb question is the one you don’t ask.
Ask your parents, friends, cousins, successful people, how they studied. They’ll be flattered that you asked them.